Research in Brief: Falling Subjects and the Use of Force

In recent years, the actions of law enforcement officers (LEOs) during deadly use-of-force encounters have come under extreme criticism from the media and public. Officers are expected to rapidly engage in flawless decision making and shooting. Unfortunately, previous literature on shooting performance and time to stop shooting has demonstrated that perfect decision making and performance might not be possible in deadly force situations.1 Shooting decisions may become more complex with falling subjects, yet no known literature exists on the biomechanics and timing of a falling individual. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to begin to identify an appropriate methodology for the study of falling subjects.