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Old 12-05-2012, 02:56 PM   #87
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Originally Posted by NFRs2000nyc View Post
No. I said reasonable force, the same standard as self defense. The store would be allowed to use reasonable force to secure their property and detain the subject until police arrive. Now, the subject can cause the store to elevate their response.....and it can indeed be escalated to deadly force. Cameras will be a very good investment for businesses.
The slippery slope, though, is what outcomes are ok for the store? What if their "reasonable" force for a non-violent criminal ends up killing the alleged thief? How much leeway are the cashiers given in what is reasonable? Is the store going to train its employees in the application of hand-to-hand combat so that they can safely subdue a suspect? Or are they just going to trust employees to use their discretion in who's ass they can kick and who's they can't? Would it be allowable to have five employees working together to give a beating to a single suspect?

It's a hell of a lot easier, safer, and more prudent for a large corporation to simply say "don't engage"
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