MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION
An Act to amend the penal law, in relation to the use of deadly force by police officers.
This memorandum is submitted on behalf of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, opposing Assembly bill A2952, which relates to the use of deadly force by police officers.
Police officers are often faced with dangerous situations in which they must use their best judgment and police training to prevent potential victims as well as themselves from serious injury and or death by a criminal who is resisting arrest. To impose a requirement that professional law enforcement use their weapon with the intent to wound rather to kill is a restriction that will put the public and police officers in imminent danger. Police officers are professionally trained to make such decisions and are cautious in the apprehension of criminals so as not to inflict unnecessary harm to anyone involved in a criminal situation. To place police officers under scrutiny and possible penalty for performing their duties in order to protect and serve the public is unjust.
Since this measure seeks to impose an unfair burden upon police officers in the performance of their most dangerous duties, we strongly oppose its enactment into law.
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.