Most often than not, police officers find themselves in a fix or in a confrontation. It takes reasonable amount of force to win. In such an encounter, it is imperative that a law enforcement agent emerge victorious, failure to that, the subject might end up being a danger to the public. It is hence only prudent that police officers employ all tactics and resources at their disposal to neutralize a subject who too has resulted to physical confrontation. As mentioned before, the public usually has a number of complaints against the police citing their brutality.
They claim that atimes, the level of the force employed against subjects or a suspected criminal is not reasonable or equal to the crime in question (Friedrich, R. , 1980). There are a number of reasons why police officers may employ unreasonable force. These reasons a re not a justification for such an act. Training is important to produce men and women of the law that can be relied upon to look upon the interest of the public without harassment. It is important that officers undergo intense training especially on application.
According to the said force matrix, police officers have to undergo training on defensive tactics and on the appropriate time to employ such tactics and be certified on the same. Police officers, like the rest of human beings, are prone to mistakes and may atimes apply excessive force on a subject. Hence it becomes important to look at a scuffle that may have ensued that could have resulted to the application of such force to establish whether it was an accident or deliberate.
Such an act may be considered unreasonable though in the real sense it is accidental. All in all, it becomes hard to convince the public otherwise. Emotional provocation may also result to a police officer applying excess force. The police officers duties are usually characterized by uncertainties and anxiety. This might lead to an officer applying unnecessarily excessive force out of fear of his or her own safety. At times, a police officer may run amok or rogue and apply excessive force in what some people refer to as curbside justice.
This is rather unprofessional but very common though (Dean, D. , 1980). Police brutality can be as a result of various causes; in the United States it has been associated with racial profiling. There are claims that it is as a result of demographic differences that exist in the society. Especially differences that are as a result of race or incomes. Such variations may constrain relations where the public may see police as oppressive and the police may view the population as befitting mistreatment.
Some scholars even go further to claim that police brutality is usually meted against the minority groups. In the United States for example, the blacks and the Hispanics decry police mistreatment and general brutality. But what perpetuates the use of unreasonable force by the police on the citizenry? Studies done on his topic times cite the need to conform to the dominant police culture. The police or the armed forces are seen to have a culture that is different from the rest of the civilians.
The blue code of silence, for example is attributed to the rise of such culture where the police may feel they are above the common people in the street and hence likely to meet any defiance from the civilians with violence. Police brutality may also arise out of a deficiency in internal control measures and authority. In the departments where there exist laggard internal investigations mechanisms, cases of excess use of force may be more prevalent (Hicks, W. , 2004). However, police too decry stereotyping. They believe that most of the allegations made against them are baseless.
Many people do not recognize the fact that the law allows the law enforcement officers to use reasonable force in apprehending a subject or in the course of maintaining law and order. What is agreeable and reasonable to the police officers may be excessive to the public and especially to the media who like to exaggerate issues. Some claim that the image created by the media is not the same on the ground. The public over time, judging from what is in the media, has developed images that portray police as brutal, hence blanket condemning the whole police force (Black, D. , 1970).