Law enforcement agencies typically authorize the use of force in various situations including:
|The use of any force which an officer reasonably believes to be necessary to defend himself or herself or another from bodily harm while making an arrest.|
|The use of any force necessary in arresting any felon fleeing from justice when the officer reasonably believes either that the fleeing felon poses a threat of death or serious physical harm to the officer or others.|
|The use of any force when the fleeing felon has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm to another person.|
Brutality is generally defined as the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies.
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