Essay On Police Brutality

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Police Brutality
By: Jonah Larsen
5th period

Police Brutality is a very common issue in today’s world. Police Brutality is defined as the use of force and all kinds of abuse by the policeman towards the victim, which often leads to severe injuries or in some cases, death. There are many types of police brutality. Some types are physical force, sexual assault, searching without a probable clause, implied violence, and racial profiling. Since a long time ago, the “police” were known as knights or warriors in a kingdom or village. At that time, police brutality towards the common people was not a surprise, but today we live in a civilized society and people’s rights are supposed to be protected and respected. Unfortunately, some police officers
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The term excessive force is different in certain situations. Officers are allowed to use force if a situation allows it to be ok. However, police officers are expected to use the amount of force that is justified in the situation and to prevent or inhibit a suspect from fleeing or to avoid anyone from being physically injured or killed. If an officer uses force that is essential to get custody of a suspect or to prevent injuries or killings then the officer may be guilty of using excessive force. Some common examples of excessive force include:
• Using a weapon against a person who does not have a weapon or a person whom a police officer should reasonably assume does not have a weapon
• Using force to intimidate a suspect or a witness into giving a statement. Hitting someone with a baton, beating, kicking and brutalizing someone is physical force and police brutality
• Any use of force to someone that is in custody or is going to be in custody. It can also include actually choking someone, and/or slamming his or her head into a wall or a car. The pointless use of pepper spray also falls into this category. While some force is necessary for restriction and protection uses, the use of excessive force goes way beyond that imaginary line. There can even be deaths due to unleashing police dogs and shooting an unarmed
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A probable cause is a reason in which the officer has to search someone. In other words, an officer’s hunch without evidence of illegal activity is not enough to legally search your car. Before searching, he must observe something real. Common examples of probable cause include the sight or smell of contraband in plain view or plain smell, or an admission of guilt for a specific crime. The presentation of any of these facts would allow an officer to perform a search and make an arrest. Minor traffic violations such as speeding, broken taillight, and expired registration are not considered a reason to search someone. Sometimes the police officer will try to cover up this by trying to get the person in trouble so that they will have a reason to arrest, conduct searches,

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