Samy Joe . Crj.8Th Feb 2017. The Use Of Force Is Inevitable
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8th feb 2017
The use of force is inevitable in police work. In many situations the lives of o cers or civilians can be taken by not using force when necessary or using it improperly. Many factors come into play when an o cer decides to use force. ese include: is the use of force justi ed, has the o cer been properly trained to use force, and will the department be held liable if the force is used improperly?
A er the Rodney King incident in the early nine- ties, law enforcement agencies across the country began to re-evaluate their use of force policies and training. Many o cers had to change their belief about the treat- ment and mistreatment of suspects. A Gallup poll in March 1991 concerning mistreatment by police and…show more content… e Department of the Treasury has since adopted the same policy (Hall, 1996). e policy states that a “law enforcement o cer of the Department of Justice may use deadly force only when necessary, that is, when the o cer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the o cer or to an- other person” (Hall, 1996, p.25). e amount of force used cannot exceed what a reasonable person would deem necessary to make the arrest, detain the suspect, or protect an o cer or third party. e term reasonable, when used to justify the use of force, is sometimes di cult to interpret. A general de ni- tion of reasonable in relation to the use of force is any ac- tion that a reasonable and prudent person would believe to be necessary to complete the required task. According to most experienced o cers, reasonableness can be eas- ily determined. However, in a civil or criminal case, th o cer is not the one that has to determine if the force was reasonable, but rather, the citizens si ing on the jury will be tasked with determining the reasonableness of the force used by the o cer. Police o cers have to remem- ber that the public perception of what is reasonable is extremely important.
Once the decision is made by an o cer that the use of force is necessary, there is a broad range of force that can be deployed