In their article, “Excessive or reasonable force by police? Research on law enforcement and racial conflict,” John Wihbey and Leighton Walter Kille argue between the difference between police using excessive force or reasonable force. Another topic that is greatly focused in this article would explaining how the racial conflict in different places affect the police brutality rates. This leads to the characteristics of suspects and the use of lethal weapons or non-lethal weapons. Both the authors in this article use direct messages, facts, and opinions to communicate with the audience. To the reader or audience both of the perspectives of the authors are really one sided, they focus on the negatives of the topic a lot in this article.
Over the years, this country has witnessed many cases of police brutality. It has become a controversial topic among communities that have seen police brutality take place in front of their homes. Officers are faced with many threatening situations everyday forcing them to make split second decisions and to expect the worst and hope for the best. Police officers are given the power to take any citizens rights away and even their lives. With that kind of power comes responsibility, that’s one major concern with the amount of discretion officers have is when to use force or when to use lethal force. The use of excessive force may or not be a large predicament but should be viewed by both the police and the community.
For example, according to Dara lind “Officer’s aren’t supposed to shoot to kill. They’re supposed to do whatever is necessary to disable the threat”(Lind). Whenever an officer gets caught up in a difficult situation where deadly force is needed for the most part officers do shoot to kill because they feel like there life is in danger themselves. Yes like they said they are supposed to do whatever is necessary so therefore if shooting to kill someone is necessary to them then for police officers it is the right thing to do. But in reality in some occasions deadly force by a cop resulting in someone’s death is not needed and there should be other alternatives to handle difficult problems like that. In addition, “Usually, the point from where the officer believes he has to use deadly force to the point where he uses deadly force -- where he pulls
The use of force has been around since policing began, although the rules for its use have changed overtime. In a 1964 survey, the majority of police reported they were to use “good judgement” when deciding whether or not to shoot (Walker 1993, 26). Back then, police also used force for any fleeing felon, which basically meant whenever. Now that rules have changed, the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code, established in 1962, states that police are to only use force when they feel their life or someone else’s life is in danger (Walker 1993, 27). Later on, the Omaha Police Department policy added to the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code, by saying police cannot
The use of deadly force by police officers is a very important subject in today’s society. Many consider the use of deadly force excessive in most cases. However, there are many aspects to look at when considering this topic, such as: Why was deadly force required? When did the officer feel it necessary to apply deadly force? What will be the implications for the officer after the fact? How does the use of deadly force affect society as a whole?
The author of ‘Plague of Police Shootings’, Malcolm D. Holmes expressed in his article that, “Many believe the police treat them unfairly, and police violence is at the heart of their concern about unequal justice.” (Plague of Police Shootings) People are now believing that the police cannot be trusted anymore. Even though, the problems of the relations between minorities and police are being addressed, there is still a social problem in the inner-city neighborhoods. Citizens want justice; as they reading articles about the deaths of unarmed victims, they become boiled up with anger because the victim did not have a weapon and did not harm anyone. Every police department is doing its best to investigate each shooting and stop officers who violate the
Police brutality in America is an immense problem that does require attention from the government. Some officers’ use their power to frightened the society. Many people have been shot by the law force without much reason. One of the victims is Eric Garner, who is married and has six children, killed by a number of police officers. Garner was selling the cigarettes outside the liquor store when the NYPD officers showed up.
In the recent years, news headlines are rampant with stories where an unarmed man was beat or killed by the police. Although this situation is portrayed as to be a growing problem, expert analysts say that this is false; in
The families of the “victims” and the deceased compile a compelling story which incurs the “out of hand” behavior and the “excessive force” tendencies of the Albuquerque police department, as described by Heinz (C2). Many of these claims in my opinion are rash and are out of pure emotional anger because of the immediate loss of a loved one; however, one case that caught my attention can bring the matter into dispute. In May of 2011, a 22 year old man was shot because he was believe...
The first legal issue is that deadly force was not necessary because there was a less lethal way of handling the situation meaning an officer would have to consider other options before he chooses to use deadly force. The second legal issue is that the officer’s actions made it necessary to use deadly force meaning the officer would have to know what the suspect is going to do and prevent the suspect from making the officer use deadly force. The starting point to these legal issues is Graham v. Connor a Supreme Court case in 1989.
It seems that anymore all we hear on the evening news is something about a shooting. Whether it be about an officer himself being shot or firing his gun, the unnecessary violence needs to stop. Officers in large cities, and sometimes even small ones, are getting to be a little too power hungry. They do not care about who they fire at anymore simply because they themselves are officers and, in the words of several people, they are above the law. Too many people are being killed for unlawful reasons by officers and not getting the justification they deserve.
Every year, death tolls by American police officers shooting to kill civilians has reached up to one thousand people. Police claim that seventy percent of these shootings are justified killings, and had proper meaning in defense. In 2015, only 956 people were fatally shot by police officers. In 2016 already, the numbers of civilians and criminals shot by police is already up in the thousands. These
Police shootings occur all over the world but are a huge problem within the United States. We continue to hear more and more about them. These shootings are making headlines. Front page news it seems almost weekly. All the shootings go one of two ways. Either a Police Officer has been shot or a Police Officer has shot a citizen, but either way the final result is death. Whether an Officer has been shot or an Officer has shot someone these cases seem to be related to one thing, fear. People in today’s society feel as though they can’t trust Police Officers as they are there to hurt and kill them. And Police Officers feel as though they are in danger of doing their everyday duties because people see them as the “bad guys” and want to hurt or kill them. Yes, police brutality and racism still exist, but not all cops are bad. Yes there are still bad citizens in this world that want to kill and harm others, but not all citizens are bad. People seem to react to these shootings by rioting quickly after a police officer has shot and killed someone without
The relationship between the police and the communities they serve hasn’t always been the most productive. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous era of the 1960s when the nation’s collective unrest regarding various then current events ranging from the social upheaval of the civil rights movement to the broadly unpopular and deepening conflict in Vietnam spilled onto the streets of American cities seemingly everywhere, local police forces, lacking in experience with crowd control, often found themselves in violent encounters with these various groups, earning them a reputation of being oppressive organizations (Schmalleger, 2014, p. 112). This reputation works against the police even to this day by causing a deep distrust of law enforcement in various communities.
Today police officers are under more scrutiny then ever before. This is due in case to technology and now all there actions are recorded by the people, since everyone has a phone with a camera these days. The biggest problem that’s been talked about is police excessive use of force.