It’s well recognized in the police profession that a senior officer has a duty to intervene when a subordinate officer becomes abusive towards a citizen or suspect. But what if the offending officer outranks him? Does the junior officer have a duty to intervene in order to protect the citizen? The answer is a resounding “yes!” The justification for doing so is found in a long-standing legal principle called the Interposition of the Lesser Magistrate. America was actually founded on this historic doctrine and it is pervasive in our legal framework to this day. In this session, we will explore the rationale behind the doctrine and how to exercise it in the midst of a crisis.