Living in Jacksonville, we all know police officers use force. Sometimes, it is deadly. Law enforcement officers do not have to retreat or stop their efforts when they are making a lawful arrest of someone. Under Florida law, the police officer can use ANY force:
1. Which he or she reasonably believes to be necessary to defend himself or herself or someone else from harm while making the lawful arrest or
2. When necessarily committed in capturing escaped felons or
3. When necessarily committed in arresting fleeing felons. In this case, the officer is justified in using DEADLY force if he or she gives a warning and REASONABLY believes the fleeing felon poses a threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others or the officer REASONABLY believes the fleeing felon has committed a crime that involves hurting others seriously.