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Excessive Force by Campus Security

Joe Vossen, JD
February 2021

Why Read This

In the wake of viral videos, community protests, media attention, and a national conversation on race and social justice, many college administrators are asking how to avoid an excessive force incident on their campus. This report explores trends from UE’s excessive force claims and provides strategies for managing this significant risk.

Key Takeaways

  • Excessive force by campus security can be a significant source of liability for higher education institutions.
  • The use of less lethal weapons decreases rates of officer and suspect injuries.
  • Failure to settle meritorious lawsuits early can result in a disproportionate loss of time and money.
  • Tactical disengagement training and crisis intervention training can help decrease the use of excessive force.

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