excessive force

Force which is unnecessary and unreasonable in the performance of an act otherwise lawful, such as the use of force in self-defense so far beyond a necessity of the case as to appear vindictive. 6 Am J2d Asslt & B § 162. Force used in making an arrest in excess of the force reasonably necessary to apprehend the offender or effect the arrest. 5 Am J2d Arr § 80. Ham v Santa Rosa Bank, 62 Cal 125.

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