Police Punishment Research Paper

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Today in the United States, police officers are held to the highest regards when it comes to serving the community; however, the policies for Unlawful Force as it refers to excessive or deadly force used by an officer needs to be changed; more too often, the media is reporting that police officers have shot and killed an unarmed suspect, subsequently, the penalty for many officers have resulted in a not guilty verdict. There is a massive outpour from communities across every state, demanding the revamping of unlawful force polices, that would hold police officers accountable for their actions if found guilty of murder, their crimes should hold no lesser penalty than other citizens within the United Sates. Currently, it appears that the policies…show more content…
Police officers need to be held to the same standards as others if an officer has been found guilty. The problems begins with training, Police officers are trained to react in certain situations they have a code of conduct to follow when approaching a person. A trained police officer should make better judgments before drawing their gun, currently the type of training that officers are receiving is to attend a class on how to recognize someone with a mental health crisis, thereafter, weeks later, they learn communication skills, and tactics in a separate course, all these training regiments are done in classroom by the book. When dealing with real life situations officers need more practice on training with real life scenarios. Police officers are dealing with many types of situations and people, and going for their gun can’t be the first line of defense. When dealing with a variety of different type people officers need training to help officers learn how to deal with different scenarios and people when approaching them before it leads to murder. The book 50 Essay by Samuel Coats an essay “Paranoid styles of American police policy” Coats State “When you live in a community like ours -or perhaps…show more content…
It affects me personally because I have a son who has been diagnosed with autism. My son has a speech delay he's considered to be non-verbal. I hope he eventually learns how to speak, but in the future if he doesn't I don’t want my son to be “gunned down” for not following a command of an officer due to his autism. It’s a fact that happens way often when police approach people and they don’t respond in a timely matter to the officer wants. The way an officer approach person need to be changed because most suspects are killed instantly due to suspicion of them having a gun or an officer feeling threatened. Officers have killed men, children, women innocent victims everyone is not a suspect. If there is harsher punishment enforced upon officers they will make officers more rational before making a decision and not so quickly and pulling out a gun. Average citizens usually considered the law before commits a crime know the risk fact may lead to jail. Police should consider the same fact that they could go to jail too, police are not above the law. Police are there to enforce laws when it comes to murder police officers need to be held to the same standards and not feel that they are above the law. Police officers usually get misconduct and when killing a
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