A Badge Is Not a License to Threaten Deadly Force

Today’s Post of the Day examines a Utah Supreme Court decision, State v. Bess, 2019 UT 22 (UT Sup. Ct. 2019), handed down earlier this week that affirms the misdemeanor conviction of a police officer for the crime of threatening with a dangerous weapon. But wait—don’t police routinely have to threaten people with dangerous weapons in the normal course of their duties? Yes, but that privilege is not limitless, as this decision illustrates. This case …

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