Connecticut General Statutes and Case Law


Relevant Statutes

Public Act 19-90, An Act Concerning the Use of Force and Pursuits by Police and Increasing Police Accountability and Transparency 

53a-18, Use of Reasonable Physical Force or Deadly Force 

53a-19, Use of Physical Force in Defense of a Person 

53a-22, Use of Physical Force in making an arrest or preventing escape 

51-277a, Investigation of the Use of Physical Force by a Peace Officer that Results in Death of Another Person 


Relevant Case Law

State v. Smith 73 Conn. App. 173 (2002)

Graham v. Connor 490 U.S. 386 (1989) 

Tennessee v. Garner, 471 US 1 (1985) 

Bell v. Wolfish 441 U.S. 520, 559 (1979)