The Importance Of Police Power

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Since 9/11, around 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers. This is almost equal to the number of American soldiers that lost their lives on duty in Iraq. Besides this, there are thousands of cases of police misconduct every year. Over the past few years, police power is beginning to grow at an alarming rate. Police power is defined as “The inherent authority of a government to impose restrictions on private rights for the sake of public welfare, order, and security”. This means police officers are allowed to take whatever action they think is necessary to protect the public and keep order. Some people in the U.S. say police misuse their power and should be punished, but others say police officers are taking the right actions, …show more content…
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, about one officer gets killed on the line of duty every 58 hours. This is one of the main reasons why some people want police officers to get more power. They want police officers to be able to protect themselves more fully against criminals and take whatever action they deem necessary. But this number doesn’t even come close to the 5,000 American civilians killed every year, in recent years, by police officers (Mint Press News). Besides this, there are rarely ever any cases of police officers getting shot. But there are at least two or three cases of civilians getting shot by officers in the U.S. …show more content…
The only logical way to reduce police power is by limiting their use of guns. Officers that exhibit good mental behavior along with patience and restraint should be the only ones allowed to carry guns. Each one of these officers should be paired with one that isn’t mentally capable of carrying a gun. In order to figure out which officers should carry a gun, a test must be done to see what they would do in a real life situation. Also, if an officer carrying a gun starts misusing his power, in ways such as abusing civilians without a valid reason, his gun should be taken away from him. The test done to determine whether a police officer should be allowed to carry a gun should consist of two parts, a mental examination and a physical test. In the mental examination, it should be determined whether an officer is mentally stable meaning, they don’t have a history of violence and their emotions don’t affect their judgement. Once the officers pass this test, a physical test should be done. In the physical test, the officer should be put in a real life situation where the suspect is not cooperating. If the officer shows restraint in the physical test and only pulls out his weapon when physically threatened, then should they be able to carry a gun. With this proposal, everyone including both officers and civilians would both be able to stay

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