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Johnson Authors Legislation Changing Deadly Force Definition

Thursday, February 10, 2022

St. Paul, MN – Representative Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge) has authored legislation to modify the police use of deadly force law. HF2646 would change the law to determine that the reasonableness of the use of deadly force would be based on the totality of the circumstances known or perceived by an officer at the time. The use of deadly force would not be judged on information provided after the event. 

“Our law enforcement officers must make decisions with the information they know at the time. Our police officers do what they can with that information. No one wants to use deadly force. This law would determine if deadly force was necessary with those conditions in mind,” Johnson, a former police officer, said. 

HF2626 is currently in the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee for review.