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Legal 303: ECO's, TDO's, Mental Health and Use of Force

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About the course

This course will focus on the law regarding law enforcement use of force, especially in ECO, TDO, and cases involving individuals with mental health challenges and emotional disturbance. The course will review the fundamental rules for lawful use of force in federal and Virginia law, and then examine specific cases in which courts have applied those rules to ECO, TDO, and cases involving mental health issues. The course will also examine Virginia law regarding ECOs and TDOs and the standards for issuing such legal process. The course will also discuss the new “Red Flag” substantial risk legal process.

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