Police should be armed because it can reduce crime, can handle more dangerous threats, and can save lives. Law enforcement should be armed, because when police are not armed, with at least some kind of weaponry, the criminal will probably get their way if they are superior firepower. Almost 50% of the fatalities of law enforcement on the line of duty. It is not right to give them something to protect themselves and other people with. It is their job.
Furthermore, policemen can be driven to use lethal force because of personal biases and reluctance or incapability to seize the felon through non-violent methods. White's standard is less restrictive than the standard governing self-defense and the death penalty. The doctrine of self-defense requires the presence of the four conditions- imminence, necessity, proportionality and no intent to punish- whereas White's standard only requires necessity for the use of lethal force. White's standard should be less restrictive than the standard of self-defense because the police have legitimate authority to use violence to maintain order and safety in society. Law asks us to be better than we would otherwise... ... middle of paper ... ...s a top-down, hierarchical bureaucracy in which, judges make the decisions that must be obeyed by all other legal actors.
While many people without any law enforcement training think that an officer is only supposed to injure the suspect to stop them, officers are actually trained to use lethal force to stop a threat (Mitchell). Numerous cases of police brutality exist, but just because an officer uses lethal force does not mean it qualifies as brutality. Police brutality is when there is proof that an officer or officers meant to bring harm upon a suspect in custody or anyone in general (Champion). Many cops exist that have bad intentions, but for the most part, law enforcement officers join the force to help protect their communities and families. Lately, it seems that cases are always in the news about some sort of police brutality or riots caused by an officer shooting someone.
Police would not have the ability to protect the public if they were able to be overpowered by offenders. Firearms are used for the ultimate life and death encounters (Boggs, 2007, pg. 36) and nothing less. These types of confrontations are rare but necessary when people’s lives are at risk. Deadly force is used in less than 1% of physical force conflicts (Boggs, 2007, pg.
Guns have the ability to protect the user against those who intend to do wrong. There have been multiple accounts of law abiding citizens protecting themselves with firearms. Some cases even involve stopping criminals with possibly illegally obtained firearms. Given both stances, too much gun control will result in misfortune as will too little. Without a perfect balance, lives are at risk.
In circumstances like these, trying to physically restrain may not be able to work. Depending on the drug they're using, they could put up a huge fight and physically stopping them would be very difficult. With the use of a taser, a police officer may restrain an offender easily. All the officer has to do it draw out the taser and fire it at the offender. Using method is far more easier than physically fighting with the offender to restrain them.
According to Sgt. Rod Nakanishi it looks intimidating, so people just give up rather than be shot by a bean bag round. In the 25 incidents officers used the gun to resolve deadly encounters. The gun and ammunition seems safer for the officer and for the suspect due to the fact people do not die unless the officer aims in the wrong spot.
All citizens must be aware of these rights to protect themselves against over-aggressive officers who take advantage of their position as badge and gun holders to intimidate and abuse civilians for personal or departmental goals. Such conflicts have significant implications on departmental and administrative policy procedures. One of the main police abuse problems is physical brutality. The main goal here should be to get the police departments to adopt and enforce a written policy governing the use of physical force. The policy should restrict physical force to the narrowest possible range of specific situations.
Guns can also be used to protect not only a single person but also an entire business. Privately owned handguns help privately owned businesses prevent crimes. Convicted felons admit to changing their tactics to prevent gun confrontation(Lott 91). Lott states criminals tend to avoid people who are most likely to have guns like cab drivers and drug dealers (91). if you were to look at armed robbery as a job so to speak a main goal of the robber is to get the job done with little issues weather that be being seen, police run ins, or even getting hurt themselves.
That’s why the police bring so many guns with them when they respond to a report of ‘shots fired’” (Common Arguments). How else do we expect police to respond? If police didn’t carry guns and respond with gunfire to take out active shooters then they would run the risk of being shot and dying. It is insane to believe that answering shooting with anything less than guns is reasonable. There has never been a case that police have encountered a situations that they have had to try to figure out