Fourthly, this creates a crisis of public trust. This arises from information and data on abuse incidents that are scarce. Trends in police abuses are not reported because they are usually not monitored. As a result, police departments are unable to respond efficiently on the problems of police brutality. Certain plans to curtail abuse also lack basis because of insufficient information. This results in lack of deterring effect on abuse incidents. High profile abuses are the only ones acted upon albeit minimally just to quell public exposures on police brutalities.
At the core, law enforcement deviance is a violation of human rights. The occurrence of police brutality is an irony considering the law enforcement or the police are symbols of the capacity of the country to protect the rights of their people. The continuous occurrence of police brutality is instilling a different image of our law enforcers. While not all of them are using their force to inflict abuses on arrested or imprisoned people, the over all respectability of the institution is at stake. Police are a very important source of security in any country.
The inability of the police department to provide protection to its citizens, criminal or not, undermines the safety and security that the police department would like to deliver. It is, therefore, very important that the police department revitalize their processes and ensure that accountability and responsibility of law enforcers are preserved in all of the steps in the operations. Conclusions One of the needed reforms is the abolishing of ‘specific intent’ clause in the civil rights statutes. The prosecution of police officers should only be based on the fact that he or she is unjustifiably the beaten or abused the arrested person.
There should be no need to prove that the officer intended or planned the abuse of the person’s rights. It should be obvious that use of excessive force is de facto violation of human rights regardless of intention There is a need to revitalize the administrative capacity of police departments in order to restructure the processes of law enforcement. This would help in implementing training and management development systems that would help the police department to curtail the problems of abuse. This would help in setting systems of oversights, and monitoring of police abuses.
In addition to this, there is a need for police brutality to be punished as a criminal case in order to effectively create an incentive not to participate in excessive use of force. Through this, police officers committing police brutality could meet criminal prosecution. The lack of incentive structure not to commit abuse helps in reinforcing police to continuously exercise excessive use of power, which is not very helpful in evoking a positive image for the police department. Police departments are the main institutions of law enforcement in the country.
If they would invoke an image of abuse and threat to the public, they would not be able to deliver the security that they should provide. They should maintain public trust and confidence in order for them to receive the respect that they also deserve as servants of the country. Without the respect and confidence of the people, they would not be able to attain the ‘enforcement’ that they would like to achieve. In a country that has been known to be prime movers of civil rights, it is ironic that the country is unable to resolve its biggest human rights problem.
Works Cited “Obstacles To Justice. ” Retrieved Jan. 8, 2007 at: http://pantheon.hrw.org/legacy/reports98/police/uspo09.htm