No, the law does not require police officers to exhaust every possible option before using deadly force. Rockford Police Officers are required to use reasonable force when any force is used to accomplish lawful objectives.
The Rockford Police Department demands all officers abide by the objectively reasonable force standard established by the United States Supreme Court in Graham v. Connor.
Rockford Police Officers are required to de-escalate force to a lesser level when the lesser level of force becomes appropriate.
Officers may only use deadly force when they reasonably believe that the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's own life, or in defense of any person in imminent danger of serious physical injury.