Police Powers and Human Rights The Abusive Laws

827 Words4 Pages
“On my honor, I will never betray my badge1, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution my community and the agency I serve.” (“IACP. Web. 11 Nov. 2013’).- Oath Of Honor. This is the oath recited by all officers before acting in the line of duty. “To Protect and serve” this is what reads on every individuals badge they wear when they are in the line of duty. Whether they cooperate with their badge or choose to abide by their oath, the choice is theirs. So the question is are police officers really abusing their power and breaking human rights or are the cases only being blown out of proportion.
There are approximately 6,000 cases of police brutality and misconduct recorded. In 2010, 382 of these cases were linked to either direct or indirect fatalities, and approximately $350,000,000 have been spent in related settlements and judgments, in 2010 13% of cases were fatalities, 60% of those were by the cause of firearms, 23% from physical acts of violence and 17% of deaths were caused by electrocution or tazing citizens to death. These were either linked directly in death or the victims later died in result of these acts. Further studies show the top five states with the most police brutality are; Oklahoma, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, and finally Tennessee. ("Police Brutality Statistics 13 Apr. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.)
There have been many accounts of police brutality being caught on film and posted online, legally any citizen can record a police officer if they wish however there have been cases in which this enrages the officer to attack the recorder. Many have argued that outside of the law this...

... middle of paper ...

...ACP. "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION of CHIEFS of POLICEglobal Leadership in Policing." What Is the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor? N.p., 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

http://www.theiacp.org/PoliceServices/ProfessionalAssistance/Ethics/WhatistheLawEnforcementOathofHonor/tabid/150/Default.aspx

"Police Brutality Statistics | Cop Block." Police Brutality Statistics | Cop Block. Cop Block, 13 Apr. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.

http://www.copblock.org/2841/

Carlson, Sarah. "Follow Liberation News." Liberation News. Psl Web, 5 Aug. 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.

http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/whats-behind-polic-brutality-epidemic.html

Johnson, Kevin. "Police Brutality Cases on Rise since 9/11 - USATODAY.com." Police Brutality Cases on Rise since 9/11 - USATODAY.com. N.p., 18 Dec. 07. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-12-17-Copmisconduct_N.htm

More about Police Powers and Human Rights The Abusive Laws

Open Document