Police officers are allowed to use as much force as is reasonably necessary to carry out their duties. They must use force only after other methods of resolving the situation have been exhausted or deemed ineffective.
The Supreme Court of Canada has established a framework to determine whether the use of force by police was reasonable. This framework considers factors such as the severity of the crime, the potential for harm to the public, the level of resistance by the individual, and the presence of any weapons.
The use of lethal force by police is subject to even higher standards. Police officers may only use lethal force if it is necessary to protect themselves or others from an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm, and if there are no other reasonable options available.
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