In other words, an officer must feel their life or someone else’s is threatened which would prompt them to use deadly force. Using deadly force should be a last resort officers should turn to, however, we have learned from recent cases that officers pull out their weapons and use them more frequently than they should.
For instance, Gregory Gunn, who was only 58 years old, was shot and killed by officer Aaron Smith. Gunn was unarmed and although Smith was charged with murder, the fact is, this family no longer has their loved one. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to bring him back but justice can be served.
If police misconduct is responsible for taking the life of someone you love or you were injured by an officer who applied excessive force, it is important for you to know your rights. Our police brutality attorneys located in South Dakota are ready to inform you on what these are and help you seek justice against an officer who abused their rights.