Law Enforcement Case Study

analytical Essay
1971 words
1971 words

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, law enforcement is the term that “describes the individuals and agencies responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety.” Because we as a society want peace and order, we follow rules, norms, and regulations, aside from having a written law that dictates what we can do and what we cannot do as members of the society. Thus, it follows that there will be a corresponding governing body who will enforce these rules to maintain the peace and protect us from any impeding harm. In the same way that we have a social contract with the government, in which the rulers are responsible to the people while the ruled give up certain privileges in exchange for protection and safety, so do we also have that contract with our law enforcement officers. Without the police force, our system can easily fall into anarchy, and we are all privileged for their efforts in protecting us against criminal behavior.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that law enforcement is responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety. without the police force, our system can easily fall into anarchy.
  • Explains that the fbi estimated that there were nearly 98 million arrests made annually from 2003-2009, but only 4,800 arrest-related deaths.
  • Argues that deadly force is permissible for situations in which the officer reasonably believed that the suspect is a felon. in today's society, incidences regarding police force have acquired much attention.
  • Explains how the supreme court ruled that the appropriate use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than 20/20 vision of hindsight.
  • Analyzes how the south carolina police officer who shot walter scott was charged for murder. while family members claim that it was because he was warranted for child support, scott's reason for running will never be known.
  • Analyzes the case of trayvon martin, who was confronted by a neighborhood watch because he looked suspicious. the jury found the offender not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
  • Argues that the most controversial cases of police shooting involve those of the black community and white police officers.
  • Argues that while race plays a major role in the controversy of our law enforcement’s shooting scandals, the biggest issue at stake is how we can regulate, or what standards are to be used, when police use lethal force.
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