The Pros And Cons Of Excessive Force

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Say you are approached by a police officer and you are under the impression that nothing is the matter, you haven’t done anything wrong, and therefore no problems should occur. But in a stern, forceful tone the officer accuses you of stealing from the convenience store you just walked out of a block previously. You harmlessly plead your innocence and even show the officer your receipt for the things you bought, but then he gets angry and tells you are under arrest. He then proceeds to throw you onto the hood of the closest car violently and hand cuffs you. Not only did this officer make an unlawful arrest, but he also used excessive force to make that arrest. Excessive force by law enforcement officers is a common occurrence ever since the …show more content…
This may include physical, verbal, or even verbal intimidation that has been used or threatened by an officer when having an interaction with a civilian (Danilina). This is just the basics, more specifically and in depth would be actions by an officer of the law that uses or threatens to use forces such as, false arrest, psychological intimidation, sexual abuse, police corruption, racial profiling, political repression and improper use of a Taser (Danilina). These actions of excessive force are what lead to improper treatment of innocent and everyday …show more content…
This can be seen when force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle the situation is being used in a situation. Times when police officers yell and use threaten to use their weapons, or when an officer raises his voice in a situation that would come along nicely without yelling. Any situation that doesn’t need to be taken any further than a conversation between the civilian and the police officer could be a police brutality due to the way they could have been treated if things had escalated. In most known cases, police brutalities end up in the tragic death of someone who seemed so innocent in the situation. Michael Brown gets shot down in Ferguson, Eric Garner being choked to death even after repeating, “I cannot breathe”, and the Trayvon Martin situation where he was innocently shot to death after buying skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea. These are just a few of the famous situations of police brutality and racial profiling that has lead to extreme misfortune for the lives of all the victims it has

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