No Training. No Funding.
Tennessee v. Garner Case
In Tennessee v. Garner (471 U.S. 1), the United States Supreme Court held that a police office may utilize deadly force if he/she has probable cause to believe that a suspect posed a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others. In other words, an officer has the discretion to escalate or de-escalate the amount of force that he/she utilizes in a situation. Until Congress passes a law that contains a succinct definition and requires training for escalation and elevation of force, we will continue to see police officers murder African Americans and the "law" deem it "justifiable" or "self-defense."