Essay on What Does The Word Excessive Means?

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Have you ever watched breaking news with an individual getting attacked by the police and wondered if what they did was really that bad? Sometimes you’ll see a video of that person with their face pressed against the ground extremely hard, but ask if it’s necessary. Police officers have a tendency to abuse their power and with that an abundant of helpless people are harmed. Recently, at Spring Valley High School a student was attacked by a school police officer that believed that she was disrupting class. Once entering the classroom the officer stood over the student and wrapped his arm around her neck, flinging her backward. He does not let her go of his grasp, but instead drags her to the front of the classroom. Was this a story of excessive force? Firstly, I want to discuss what the word excessive means. According to dictionary.com, excessive means “ going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree.” And the definition of force, in terms of the law, is “unlawful violence threatened or committed against persons or property,” as well as “power [or] intensity.” Taking from the two, excessive force is the extravagant or extreme use of unlawful violence against an individual or verbal assault. Excessive force can also be used not only by law enforcement but as well as one common citizen towards another. According to dictionary.reference.com, the word “excess” which is a noun was developed in the late fourteenth century. It comes from the old French word,…

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