JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement and prosecutor groups say they support changing Missouri’s justification for police officers’ use of deadly force against a suspect.
A Senate committee Tuesday discussed measures that would tighten the reasons an officer can use deadly force. The proposals are in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that sparked national protests.
Supporters say the law needs updating to reflect a 1985 Supreme Court decision that ruled using deadly force against a fleeing suspect was unconstitutional unless there is probable cause to believe they pose a serious threat.
Current Missouri law justifies deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat of danger to others.