Police Brutality: When Is Deadly Force Justified?
Does this deserve forty-one bullets? In Diallo’s case the jury found the police officers not guilty, stating that “They made a tragic mistake ... they’re human beings who make human mistakes. They’re not criminals” (qtd. in Fireside 26). How many times will police officers be allowed to ‘make mistakes’ before something is done about it? The National Government should oversee major cases making sure judges are not biased in the final ruling, imply and enforce a law mandating mental background checks and tests on police to make sure they are stable as well as prohibiting police officers from using deadly force unless the criminal has shown signs of a deadly threat to themselves or others, in order to reduce the number of innocent victims dying by police