Jacksonville has become known for its shootings, particularly police shootings. Many people wonder what the legal standard for justifiable use of force by law enforcement is.
Under Florida law, a Jacksonville police officer can use any force the he or she reasonably believes necessary to defend himself or herself from bodily harm while making a lawful arrest.
That force, deadly or not, is also justified if the officer is capturing a felon who has escaped or arresting a felon who is fleeing.
The use of force by JSO is not justified if the arrest is not lawful.
In the history of Jacksonville, there has never been an unjustified police shooting.