Answer: Whether an officer behaved reasonably when making an arrest depends on what a reasonable officer in the same circumstances would have done. Courts consider how the officer acted throughout the entire arrest. They also look at the officer’s words and actions.
Reasonable conduct during an arrest may include:
Examples of conduct during arrest that courts may consider unreasonable include:
(For more on warrant execution, see Search Warrants.)
An officer behaved reasonably when refusing to allow a defendant to enter his home until a search warrant was issued. The officer had reason to believe illegal drugs were in the house and feared the evidence would be destroyed if the defendant entered the house. The defendant was restrained only a short time before issuance of the search warrant. (Illinois v. McArthur, 531 U.S. 326 (2001).).