How Far Must Cops Go to Rescue a Drowning Man Who Jumps in a Lake to Escape from Them?

Is law enforcement obligated to go beyond their training, and official protocol, to risk their own lives in an effort to save a person who’s attempting to flee? Thirty-four year old Sean Bickings, a homeless man, tried to get away from police in Arizona who responded to a potential domestic violence incident involving Bickings. When cops said they would check his outstanding warrants, Bickings jumped in Tempe Town Lake and started to swim away. Shortly afterward, city officials say, he told police he was “in distress” and he drowned. The headlines say cops did nothing but watch him die. 

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