Most of the victims who are subjected to police brutality are the minorities and the powerless groups. The poor persons are also targets of brutality from the police force. The argument behind this trend is that such groups have little or no access to justice which only serves to heighten the brutality. Anti police brutality campaigns by these individuals only leads to more arrests and deaths by the police force. Police brutality is deeply rooted on racial discrimination in some parts of America.
Police brutality is also enhanced by the fact that police roles have been translated and instead of protecting all individual, their roles have been to protect the elites and the rich. The poor are thus seen as a threat to the welfare of the rich and thus they are brutally treated (PrisonPlanet, para 9). Despite the many arguments which have been put forward to disregard use of force by the police officers, there are good reasons behind application of such force. Policing is one of the most dangerous career or job in most of the countries especially in America.
The police officers are exposed to different kinds of risks which threatens their lives. Use of force is thus vital while protecting their lives from suspected criminals. Legally, police officers are permitted to use force where appropriate. Not every use of force amounts to police brutality since most of the force employed by officers is meant to protect themselves as well as the public. Use of force is thus part of the policing work and a necessary tool for ensuring peace and order are maintained in a country or an area (Jackall, para 4).
Most of the criminals under police custody are hardened and uncompromising and a mere interrogation may not yield any progress. Almost all individuals arrested in connection with unlawful or criminal acts, over 90% of them are usually guilty but they cannot confess that they are guilty. Where interrogation does not produce any results, it is vital to try another method which is aimed at soliciting important information about a criminal act. Such information may be vital in helping the police officers maintain peace and in protecting the larger communities.
Use of force may thus be necessary in ensuring that a suspect gives such information. In areas where use of force yields greater good for the larger community, then it should be used but reasonably. Members of the public also have a tendency of holding the police officers in suspicion and have mistrust towards them. As such force exerted to a victim though it may be appropriate, the public may view it otherwise. Most of the acts of the police officers are within the context of law and within their official duties.
As such, a change in the perspective of the public towards the police force is necessary. The public should be made to realize or understand that not all forms of force amount to brutality from the police force (Knight, para 12). In the recent past, most of the police officers have died while on duty necessitating use of force by the police. With improvement in technology, criminal acts have become high tech and robbers are heavily armed. While dealing with such instances, it would be unwise to ask the criminals for voluntary surrender.
Use of force is thus necessary in such situations so as to avoid greater damage happening. While dealing with armed criminals, it is only logical to use an extra force which may involve shooting the criminals to stop further damage to the public (Roberts, para 8). Conclusion Police brutality has been on the rise in the recent past in most parts of the world which has led to campaigns by the human rights movements to stop them. The legal powers which have been bestowed upon police officers at times make them to feel they are above the law hence the brutality.
Police culture also has made it almost impossible to successfully prosecute police perpetrators. This has led to an increase in brutalities since only a few cases of police brutalities are addressed and the ones which are, the judgment is usually inequitable. However, due to the risky nature of policing, some circumstances demand use of an extra force. Where the live of an officer is in danger, use of force is paramount. However, the force used should be reasonable and logically viable. Work cited:
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