Date of publication: 2017-08-11 10:27
Another harm inflicted by police officers who engage in brutality is the loss of trust by members of the community they have sworn to protect, a trust officers need if they are to be effective in their jobs. Victims and witnesses of crimes are much less likely to report crime or cooperate in investigations if the cops have betrayed their trust by brutalizing their neighbors, family members, and friends. This collateral effect is explained in Opportunistic NYPD Leaks: Undermining Public Safety and Community Trust , a blog entry on the Huffington Post.
"I took a photo of the officer but he had a balaclava over his face and a helmet on. I went to speak to the officer. I asked him for his shoulder number. He struck me in the chest and I fell."
Another is a culture that embraces guns. Police are given a lot of leeway to use deadly force, in many instances when the public perception is that other lesser measures might do. As CNN’s Mark O’Mara noted after Brown’s death, “ Cops are doing the job we told them to do.”
"Any complaint received will be treated seriously and investigated so that exact nature of what took place can be established. This is important for the confidence of Londoners but also for our officers."
And police accountability remains one of the most sticky problems. A 7558 Cincinnati Enquirer review found that while 85 police officers were fired over a 75-year period, 69 of the 75 who appealed the decision to an arbitrator got their jobs back , with heavy backing from the police union. Many of the others who didn’t win faced criminal charges that made it “difficult … or impossible” for them to get their job back.
Last month, two Cincinnati officers shot Donyale Rowe to death after he was pulled over for failure to signal. Immediately after the incident, the police chief named the officers involved and published their performance reviews. He said Rowe had a gun, and he released video of the incident from the dash cam. No tension errupted.
"I was going to offer my services as an observer and legal adviser. I got to the cordon at Cheapside at about . There were about 55 demonstrators.
Police officers and law enforcement officials have a responsibility to protect society and enforce the law. The public rely on police officers and place their confidence in them to act appropriately, and most officers uphold that trust. However, in very rare instances, an officer may go too far, use too much force or make a bad decision that have tragic consequences.
Amadou Diallo. Rodney King. Timothy Thomas. Looking at where we are today in the weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it can feel like nothing has changed in the way we police the police.
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Then-police Commissioner Howard Safir instituted some changes after weeks of protest, including adding more minority officers to the special “Street Crimes” unit whose officer had shot Diallo and requiring all officers in the unit to wear uniforms.
Police brutality lawsuits not only seek to obtain compensation for the victim, but also act as an important safeguard in our society to ensure that the appropriate standards for use of force are followed.
This provision is perhaps among the most far-reaching remedies for holding entire police management structures accountable. Typically, Justice Department investigations that find constitutional violations result in agreements known as “consent decrees” that avert litigation by agreeing to federal monitoring and reforms. Common reforms include changes to police training, stronger mechanisms for complaints against officers, and improved supervision. A Vera Institute study of the first consent decree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found that use of force incidents declined after the consent decree ended, and that the city largely succeeded in meeting DOJ goals, but that citizens still perceived police as sometimes using excessive force, particularly against minorities.