Police Use of Force Essay

2168 Words Mar 19th, 2013 9 Pages
Police Use of Force

Introduction
Police officers are authorized to use force under certain circumstances, for instance; controlling a disruptive, aggressive and disturbing demonstration, undergoing arrest of an accused person or controlling a combative individual. These officers are trained properly regarding use of force while fulfilling their duties. However, the use of force by police is a subject of hot discussion amongst public, as many times law enforcement agencies, televisions, newspapers, and civil as well as criminal courts have taken serious actions against excessive use of force by police-officers under a given situation (U.S department of Justice, 1999). The aim of this paper is to study national as well as international
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Graham’s Factors
Juries and courts know that the right to make physical arrest gives a right to the officer to utilize some degree of force as well, only then the arrest will be possible in a given situation. Therefore, the reasonableness of the use of force can be decided from the use perspectives of officer who is facing the situation (Hess, 2009). Graham V Connor established some factors so as to aid police department in use of force, these factors are discussed as under: * Nature and severity of the crime of the suspect * Offender if poses any kind of threat to the police officer or any other person, then use of force can be justified. * Circumstances should be considered, tense and uncontrollable situation can compel officer to use force. * If the offender tries to escape from the situation or fights with the officer then force can be used. * Suspect if actively show physical resistance to arrest then force can be used to control the situation, otherwise, whole effort will go in vein.
Graham’s factors are also very helpful for juries to take decision in lawsuits related to excessive use of force (Hess, 2009).
Problems with the use of force
There are several problems associated with the police and use of force. Sometimes police officers are not aware of the situation in which they are going to arrest someone; moreover, they should also be aware

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