HB 5114

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020, 1st Special Session
  • Introduced in House Aug 22, 2020
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Law-enforcement officer conduct during an arrest or detention; use of force, prohibited practices.


Law-enforcement officer conduct during an arrestor detention; use of force; prohibited practices. Prohibits theuse of excessive force, defined in the bill as any force that isobjectively unreasonable given the totality of the circumstances,including the severity of the crime at issue, whether the suspectposes an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others,and whether the suspect is actively resisting arrest or attemptingto evade arrest by flight, against any person. Additionally, thebill provides that a law-enforcement officer shall not use deadlyforce against a person unless (i) the law-enforcement officer reasonably believes that deadly force is immediately necessary to protect thelaw-enforcement officer or another person, other than the subjectof the use of deadly force, from the threat of serious bodily injuryor death; (ii) the law-enforcement officer's actions are reasonable,given the totality of the circumstances; and (iii) all other optionshave been exhausted or do not reasonably lend themselves to the circumstances.The bill also prohibits the use of neck restraints by law-enforcementofficers.

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Aug 31, 2020


Impact statement from DPB (HB5114)

Aug 22, 2020


Presented and ordered printed 20200081D


Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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