What duty do police officers have to remain on scene and prevent an armed and mentally ill person from harming others? Under what circumstances can the officers just leave?
That’s what Scott Savage discussed on Police1’s podcast Policing Matters with Jim Dudley.
Scott discussed the subtle nuances of American liability laws and how modern police agencies are using disengagement to avoid violent confrontations.
Is disengagement a panacea that will prevent all violent confrontations between the police and the mentally ill in crisis? Hardly. But it is a viable option given the narrow set of circumstances discussed in this interview.