Coercive Police Force

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The police can use coercive force to control a situation, but they are limit to how much force they can use. When it comes to injuries to officers and civilians during use of force, civilians injuries happens 17 to 64 percent of encounter and officers injuries ranged from 10 to 20 percent of encounter. Most injuries are minimal, like minor bruises and abrasions. To reduce the civilian and officer injuries, the use of pepper spray and conduct energy devices (like a tasers) is required. With the use of force, an officer is allow to use it when protect themselves and others around them, or to preserve evidence, prevent escape, and take someone into custody. The force continuum is used in the training of officers in most departments nationally, …show more content…

There's a line that an officer can't cross and that's when they use excessive force, any amount of force by a law enforcement officer that is beyond the minimum necessary to achieve legitimate law enforcement objectives. A type of force that rarely an officer uses is deadly force, the use of lethal force by an officer. The court will only consider the use of deadly force responsible only when it is an absolute last resort. That is why the Supreme Court invalidated the fleeing-felon rule, which they rule that it was acceptable practice in many jurisdictions to use deadly force when a felon fled from an officer regardless of the immediacy of threat involved in the situation. An example of when an officer can use deadly force is when the officer reasonably believes there is a substantial imminent risk that the person to be arrested will cause death or serious bodily harm to the officer or to another person in the …show more content…

Officers that are corrupt are placed into two categories, grass and meat eaters. Grass eaters are officers who passively accept tips, bribes, or other corrupt activities, while meat eaters are officers aggressively demand bribes in exchange for protection (or lack of) to the person from whom they are seeking the favor. A way to investigate police corruption is to form a commission, an investigatory body on the federal, state, or local level that is created for the short-term objective of examining the existence or causes of a particular problem or issue. There's been major commission findings and recommendations like the Wickersham, Kerner, Knapp, Mollen, and Christoper commission. Commissions all offered similar recommendations like minority recruitment, educational and residency requirements, and police

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