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.
As a result, “Nearly all agree that when an officer is facing a deadly threat, the proper response is to use deadly force”(Lind). Yes there are many people out there that can be a deadly threat to police officers because the way they are acting but, there are many innocent people that do not affect anyone and still have to be a part of the problem for no given reason. Although a police officer’s proper response is to use deadly force upon someone, there should be other alternatives or ways they can use before going into deadly force and possibly cause someone to lose their live. I certainly do understand that there are certain situations where a cop is coming across someone that is pointing a gun or knife at them and approaching towards them. So therefore them using deadly force would possibly be the right thing to do if they have too, but before using deadly force they should at least try deploying tasers or using bean bag guns to attempt in taking them
Purpose: This policy was created to educate police officers on the use and restrictions of force when placed in difficult situations. This policy will also explain how to distinguish lethal from non lethal tactics and weaponry. We want for them to exercise good judgment and caution when apprehending suspects; not only for their own safety, but the safety of others.
The first idea, people get when they hear the word law enforcement is power, security, fear, and respect. What is the appropriate amount of force, law enforcement officer should use? Society judges the actions of law enforcement, without taking into account the side of the officer. There are many types of force a police officer may use when the situation calls for it. Law enforcement officers use discretion to decide on the right force to use. Force cannot be defined by individuals or by laws, instead force is exercised by individuals that upheld our criminal’s justice system. The types of force that officer can use are soft hand, hard hand, Taser, baton, presence, and deadly force. Presence is were suspects see law enforcement and turn themselves in. Soft hands is a tactic used by calm officers. Soft hand police officers like to discuss the situation out and try to use less lethal force. Hard hands is used by more experienced police officers. The force is key for many police officers because it can determine the lives of many individuals. Society sees the force of the law enforcement officers in the media, community, and
Since the police officers have a lot of say in dealing with calls and crimes, they all vary in their approaches to doing so. For instance, one officer may think a call is not as important as another, while a separate officer may decide the first call was more serious and he/she may respond to that one first. This is the same problem with whether or not to use force. There are many factors that affect not only the officer’s decision to use force, but also the criminal’s choice of actions. If an officer is being rude or discriminating against a suspect, then that suspect may act in a more vicious manner. This could result in the officer deciding to use force. All officers may see a threat differently, resulting in different disciplinary actions. The use of force rules vary in different police departments. This is concerning to some because the citizens may feel that they are not being treated as equal as others. Other issues include illegitimate investigations, spying, which could result in an unfair judgement of individuals that result in the officer’s use of force (Walker 1993, 24). Some officers will report an unfounding crime, which affects the true data of lowering the official crime rate (Walker 1993, 24). These issues are occurring in society today and are common topics in the news. Citizens want to know how we can better our systems to create a safer environment for
In many scenarios, police officers are not given enough time to make the rational decision between who lives and who dies. When a person’s survival is at risk, it is not uncommon for the body to enter fight or flight mode. Lindsey Betromen, author of the article “Responding with Fight or Flight” states, “The fight or flight syndrome
This fact finding study is concerned with the investigation of factors related to injuries that occur to officers and citizens during use of force incidents. Prior studies have shown that 1-2 percent of police-citizen contacts involve the menace or application of physical force by police, while 15-20 percent of arrests may result in the use of force by police to control a violently resistant suspect. Most applications of force are low level, and usually involve the use of an officer’s hands, arms, and body to to gain control of a suspect. But, not all force is minor and officers are trained and equipped to use a gamete of varying force techniques and weapons to overcome resistance. These include less lethal devices such as pepper spray, batons, Tasers, as well as firearms in the event of threats of death or serious bodily injury. There are various legal and independent departmental policy restrictions that govern the use of force by officers. In most law enforcement agencies, the use of force is tightly controlled by policy, and more serious applications of force are reviewed and investigated by supervisory personnel, internal affairs units and use of force review boards.
Is it justify that police can use brute force to protect and serve the citizens of our country. Police brutality is a violation of the law because it violates the Eighth Amendment which prohibits the federal government from making more than normal bail, fines, or cruel and unusual punishment. First off what is excessive force? Excessive force is when an unreasonable force occurs when a law enforcement officer uses excessive force in making a lawful arrest. Whether force is reasonably necessary or excessive is measured by the force a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances. “When an officer uses more force than what he needs to is illegal and against the law. Officers are train to stay calm in any sort of situation.”(ABC News)
Police officer in all states are granted authority to use force to accomplish lawful objectives, such as makes an arrest, serve warrants, and detain a person. Force may be investigated by an internal review board, supervisor, the chief of police, the district attorney, and perhaps even a judge and jury if a civil lawsuit for excessive force is filed. Ask a dozen civilians when “necessary force was reasonable” to an arrest or detention that has become “police brutality” and you will probably get different answers, none which in particular helped determining the proper amount of force. Several civilians may argue about an officer’s use of force and each one may have a different idea of how to determine whether the force was excessive. All police officers are often forced to make split-second decisions in circumstances that are tense, unsure, and rapidly evolving. Also the use of force should be measured by what the officer knew at the
Police officers make split-second decisions every time they interact with a suspect. These decisions can impact the lives of the officers, the suspects, and even civilians. Therefore, officers must decide when it is necessary to exert violent or lethal force to subdue a suspect. When the police use force, it can result in the death of the suspect or witnesses. However, failing to apply force in a confrontation, can endanger the officer or allow the suspect to allude police custody. Officers receive training in observing a situation and reading body language, so that they can assess a suspect’s threat. When an officer ignores their training and uses excessive or deadly force against an unarmed or yielding civilian, it is police brutality. Police
Police officers have never had an easy job, their jobs may have been easier at one point in time because 40 years ago they could use whatever force was necessary to subdue there subject. Nowadays police officers almost seem to second guess themselves on their ability to use force and
Every day, law enforcement officers face danger while carrying out their responsibilities. When dealing with a dangerous or unpredictable situation, police officers usually have very little time to assess it and determine the proper response (U.S. Department of Justice). So, if an officer decides ...
...is novel with an outstanding salute to those who serve in law enforcement saying, “And so I tip my hat to all the good cops throughout our nation who risk their lives and strive to do the right thing when facing split-second decisions about life and death every day in the kill zone” (Klinger, 2004, page 274). Pulling the trigger of a gun can cause a variety of issues both within and outside of a police officer’s life, but it could also potentially save another human being from harm and keep the safety of our society intact.
Police brutality is a very real problem that many Americans face today. The police carry an enormous burden each day. Police work is very stressful and involves many violent and dangerous situations. In many confrontations the police are put in a position in which they may have to use force to control the situation. There are different levels of force and the situation dictates the level use most of the time. The police have very strict rules about police use force and the manner in which they use it. In this paper I will try to explain the many different reason the police cross the line, and the many different people that this type of behavior effects. There are thousands of reports each year of assaults and ill treatment against officers who use excessive force and violate the human rights of their victims. In some cases the police have injured and even killed people through the use of excessive force and brutal treatment. The use of excessive force is a criminal act and I will try and explore the many different factors involved in these situations.