Missouri Senate may tighten laws on when police can use deadly force

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Senate moves closer to tightening laws on when police can use deadly force.

THe senators voted to bring the state’s law into line with a 1985 US Supreme Court Ruling stating police can only use deadly force when an officer believes a fleeing felon poses a serious threat to others.

Missouri’s law doesn’t specify that a fleeing felon has to be dangerous. The bill’s sponsor says confusing jury instructions after the police shooting in Ferguson demonstrated that the law needs clarification.

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