Criminal Justice: Excessive Use Of Force

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Excessive Use of Force
Excessive force is when the force exceeds the required amount of force to de-escalate a situation or to safeguard law enforcement or others from any hurt, harm, or danger from an individual. The United States criminal justice system has handled several cases involving the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers, especially during apprehension. The increasing number of such cases creates the necessity to train enforcement officials on how to handle suspects without violating the constitutional rights of the suspects. The United States constitutional rights protect against such force in the Fourth Amendment.
In addition, cruel and unusual punishment is cited in the Eighth Amendment along with 18 United States …show more content…

Connor (1989), police officer Connor recognized Graham rushing in and out of the store. Officer Connor became suspicious and followed the car a mile down the road before he pulled him over. After being pulled over, Berry told officer Connor that Graham was sick and needed help. Officer Connor disregarded what Berry was saying. He called for backup and told them to wait until he had more insight on what happened at the convenience store. While Graham was waiting for officer Connor to come back, he got out of the car, ran around the car twice and passed out by the car. Officer Connor's backup arrived on scene to help officer Connor apprehend Berry and Graham while Berry was pleading for them to help Graham. The officers rejected his cry for help while placing Graham's face down on the hood of the car. Graham asked the police officers to check his wallet for his diabetic decal. The officers responded to him to “shut up” and shoved his head into the car. The officers tossed him head first into the police car while Graham's friend tried to give the officers the orange juice to give to Graham. The officers refused the orange …show more content…

It will ensure that such persons are not employed in the profession of law enforcement across the United States. Additionally, the law should specify the reasons beyond conviction, such as an officer not found guilty of a serious crime. For example, if an officer is under criminal conviction or has committed offensives, subsequently, an administrative hearing is the reason for his or her certification to be revoked. The tone of professionalism must be set in law enforcement. Solving this problem is too easy. Policymakers and the public can aid in the endeavors by supporting the certification program and its initiatives and the legislation that facilitates the shift in law enforcement professionalism. This will mark another era in the criminal justice system with twenty-first century

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