Use Of Force Essay

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1524 words
1524 words

Use of Force

“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence,” Robert Peel. The use of force for police officers is something I find to be justified and right, because it can possible help save the officers life and any witnesses lives.
Everyday law enforcement personal have the possibility to face dangerous events in their daily duties. In performing such duties a police officer could come by a seemingly ordinary task, and in a blink of an eye the event can turn threatening and possible deadly. When or if this happens to an officer they won’t have …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the use of force for police officers is justified and right, because it can help save the officers and witnesses lives.
  • Explains that every day law enforcement personnel face dangerous events in their daily duties. the legal test of excessive force is whether the police officer reasonably believed that force was necessary to complete a legitimate police purpose.
  • Describes the questions that the jury needs to answer to determine if they should side with or against the officer in any court case dealing with such a controversial topic.
  • Describes the six levels of force an officer can use and may have to use during their time as a police officer.
  • Explains that deadly force is the "dead" last resort, meaning an officer shouldn't use it unless it is absolutely necessary, like in the modern case of michael brown vs. darren wilson.
  • Opines that police policy of force is justified, right, and needed to keep the peace of the nation.
  • Explains that in tennessee v. garner the court had to decide whether or not using deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon is justified. justice sandra day o’connor wrote an opposition stating that the majority went too far in overturning long-standing common law and police practices.
  • Explains that officer carr came to the scene and heard shots fired. he came across montoute while he was carrying a sawed-off shotgun, but didn't stop and ran off past the officers. the court ruled for the officer.
  • Explains that scott v. harris was in a high-speed chase with defendant harris. the officer applied his bumper cage to the rear of harris’ motor vehicle, causing him to crash.
  • Opines that officers should be able to use force to keep themselves from getting wounded or worst killed. they also point out that a majority of officers are parents.

Was the intrusion based on a lawful objective, such as a valid arrest, detention, search, frisk, community warden guardian of mentally ill, defense of an officer or a citizen, or to prevent escape? If these answer yes then an officer may have legal ability to use the levels of force listed below to apprehend the suspect. Another list of things to consider when determining if it was a lawful use of force is; was the use of force relative to the person’s confrontation? Was there a crucial need to terminate the condition? Even though there is no duty to retreat, could the officer have used lesser force and still safely accomplish the lawful objective? These are the questions that the jury need to answer to determine if they should side with or against the officer in any court case brought to them that deals with such a controversial topic as this. …show more content…

Just it isn’t a fake scene this is real life. There are six levels of force an officer can use and may have to use doing there time as an officer. The lowest level of force is presence of an officer at the scene and the officer’s body stance. This level of force is used typically whenever an officer first appears to a scene or a call. The second level of force is verbal control or commands. The verbal use of force is when an officer demands you to do something. The third level is physical control. This level involves escort holds, pain or pressure compliance. This force is brought in when a suspect tries to resist arrest or verbal commands. The fourth level is really close to the third, this is serious physical control. This really is when you use carotid control and electronic devices. The carotid control is a kind of choke hold which makes the person want to comply. The fifth level is impact and weapons. This is when you first so your willingness to use your baton by touching it or holding it out. Then possibly cause the suspect to feint so he or she can’t resist again. The last resort is deadly force. Most officer try their hardest to not have to get to this level or even be in a position to which this force is used. But deadly force is drawing your gun, pointing your gun, and, or finally firing your gun. (Police

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