2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

PSC 324 Police Use of Force: Legal, Theoretical and Practical Implications

3 hours 

This course offers a deep examination of police use of force and its implications for American police and the communities they serve from a current and historical context. Permissible limits of police use force are the subject of constant debate, interpretation and policy analysis. Topics include escalation, de-escalation and assessment period; problems arising between citizens and police resulting from use of force; social changes that impact police legitimacy; challenges and solutions for contemporary use of force; reasonableness; excessive force; proportionality and necessity.




ENG 201; and PSC 101 or CJBS 101 or CRJ 101 or ICJ 101