Sharon Fairley Speaks on ‘Fleeing Felon Doctrine’

The debate over the use of lethal force against fleeing suspects continues


The fatal shooting of a 42-year-old Black man driving away from police in North Carolina has sparked renewed debate over what’s known as the ‘fleeing felon doctrine.’

Two weeks ago, Andrew Brown Jr., who started driving away from sheriff’s deputies in North Charleston was shot dead.

Police say they were trying to execute an arrest warrant on felony drug charges when he allegedly fled.

“There are so many circumstances where officers fire at or into a moving vehicle and it's just not a good idea,” said Sharon Fairley, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

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