Laws And Ethics Of Police Brutality

2084 Words 9 Pages
DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
CRIMINAL LAW & ETHICS

ESSAY SUBMITTED TO
DR. LAMBERT
IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE
ETHICS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
CRJS 4301

BY
JOSHUA HUNTER CAIN
DUE: 16 NOVEMBER 2014

Abstract
Police brutality has been around ever since police officers have been around. There are good cops and bad cops that live their days to day lives deciding whether to have an itchy trigger finger, or to deliver justice to those who abuse its foundation. Not only is this issue a solo job, but groups of officers abuse their power and deliver severe punishment when it is not deemed necessary or even remotely needed. There needs to be fine line when defining and developing the issue between brutality and issuing
…show more content…
But, the word brutality has several meanings before it was deemed fit to law enforcement. The obvious definition is that brutality is the savageness of one human to another. This word was put into the word ‘police’ as far back as at the 1917 during the slave movements; police captures the runaway slaves and beat them without hesitation before sending them back to their masters. There is an issue when it comes to brutality; law enforcement crosses the line when it comes to drawing the line on a peaceful engagement and an aggressive engagement when dealing with potential armed/unarmed criminals/citizens. The biggest and most popular issue arose with the civil suit with Rodney King. As we all know, this case involved Rodney King, and two friends: Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms who were involved into a high speed chase while Rodney was under the influence of alcohol. At 12:30 am, Officers Tim and Melanie Singer, (husband-and-wife of the California Highway Patrol) noticed King 's car speeding on the freeway. The officers pursued King in a high-speed chase, all while King refused to pull over for the cops. King later admitted that he attempted to outrun the police at high speeds because a past charge of alcohol abuse in which would would violate his parole for a previous conviction from robbery. Eventually, King pulled over, after several cop cars, and helicopters were on the …show more content…
This is where I will defend them if I was in a crowd full of rioters, I would not feel in a safe place, and to protect my fellow officers and myself I would deal with the situation via pepper spray, baton, or Taser. Thus, sending a message that I was only defending myself; while there was chaos in front of me that put me into harm’s way. This is what officers typically do in situations like this (disregarding Kings’ case). And the simple acts like that, a police officer simply defending himself from a mob of citizens throwing heavy/blunt object at him, his only option was to defend himself. People then record it, and criticize him of brutalizing a citizen when it was really not what happened. In the world we live in, social media is a big factor in the way we view and share ideas, with the copwatch videos all over the internet, case studies pointing fingers towards law enforcement, and seeing first hand a whole scenario of how a brutality went down, it is not much more easier for their viewers to base their own decisions from what they watched and not be presumed by others opinions. This is not the case in most circumstances, our society generally like to follow the leader, and if the leader says it’s bad, even if we think it is good, we will follow because we do not want to be

Related Documents