New Hampshire Considering Bill To Ban Officers From Using Deadly Force
Concord, NH – New Hampshire police officials are pushing back on a proposed bill that would restrict law enforcement’s ability to use deadly force.
The legislation, proposed by a Libertarian group called the New Hampshire Liberty-Republicans, would revoke the legal authority law enforcement officers currently have to use deadly force if necessary while making an arrest, WMUR reported.
Police chiefs from across the state are fighting the proposed legislation and have said that restricting the use of deadly force would put officers’ lives in danger.
"It will make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for us to effect our jobs in certain situations,” Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein told WMUR.
The legislation, known officially as House Bill 218, is currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee, and the next hearing will be on Jan. 16, according to the New Hampshire General Court website.
The committee is expected to vote on the bill later this month, WMUR reported.
Actor Dean Cain, a reserve police officer and well-known law enforcement advocate, told The Daily Caller that the proposed law was not a good one.
“Terrible idea,” Cain said. ““No law enforcement officer wants to use deadly force during an arrest. Regrettably, sometimes it is the only option. Enacting a law like this is dangerous, irresponsible, and will lead to even more violence against law enforcement.”
He argued that deadly force is only supposed to be used as a last resort in all cases, and said it is usually only implemented to prevent injury to the officer or members of the general public.
One retired law enforcement source told The Daily Caller that things have changed in recent years so that police officers have to worry about more than getting injured or killed on the job.
He said that now they “have to worry if they’re going to lose their job or get sued.”