Missouri deadly force bill fails after Senate quits early

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Posted: May 15, 2015 5:17 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri bill limiting when police can use deadly force is dead for the session after the Senate quit early without voting on it.

The House voted Friday to pass the bill that had been proposed in response to last year's fatal shooting black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white Ferguson policeman.

But because the House made changes to a previous Senate version, it had to go back to that chamber for one final vote. That didn't occur.

Current law allows the use of deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat to others.

The measure would have limited the justification based on a felony to inflicting or threatening serious physical injury.