Week 3: Issues in Law Enforcement- Police use of force
Have you or anyone you know experienced excessive force from Law enforcement agents?
What is excessive force?
Are their instances where excess force can be used?
For week 2, we will be discussing excessive force used by law enforcement agents.
While you have officers that obey the laws and protect the rights of citizens, you have others who apply excess force and overlook the rights of citizens. Excessive force is where officers use more force than what is necessary to solve the issue or fix a situation or to safeguard themselves from the person. When police use more force than what is required it is called police brutality.
Every citizen of Jamaica has a right to fair; humane treatment and Law Enforcement Agents must take this in consideration. There are instances where excess force can use but only in cases where nothing else works so as a last resort. It can also be used is if the police believes that the suspect wants to harm them or a member of the community and lastly as self-defense by the officer.
Example of excessive force by the police involves: punches, using baton in a way that causes serious harm to a person, use of Taser in a situation that dint ask for that, assault to a person that is already restraint with handcuffs,
Cases of misconduct in America involve the case of George Floyd, Walter Scott and many others.
Catch you in the next blog!
Reference- Cappitelli, P. (2018). 5 of the biggest issues facing law enforcement in 2019. The Elephant in the Room.