An incident when a police officer will use unnecessary physical excessive force to a person, make forms of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation is described as police brutality. Another example is as simple as the use of a police officer’s position of power to induce a person in agreeing to a search or requests. During an interaction of a police officer, this incident of police brutality can still occur at any given time even if a person is being questioned at the police station.
Every citizen is advised to know his or her rights to protect oneself if they think that they are victims of police brutality. Be reminded of one important action, which is the right to remain silent, when you are interacting with a police officer. Making sure to document everything is documented as soon as possible, all important facts like the time, place, police officers present and other interactions that happened during the situation. Also, make sure that you have all the records for your lawyer to use if you decide to have one, and to have medical treatment if need be in your condition.
Note that if provoked, police officers are legally able to use force against you or to a person. Be aware that in some cases, there are policemen who would use force in unprovoked situation and even if only moderate force is needed. There are cases when excessive force led to serious injury and even death. Be aware of the fact that a wrongful death caused by police brutality is a punishable by law.
It is said that the most common cause of police brutality is the officer’s psychological state or described as how the officer viewed the situation that resulted to the reaction, aside from other several reasons.
To site another example when an officer would lead to brutality is when he or she sensed to be disrespected, and even if it is not legal or moral to lash out force, some officers will act out to the person who she or he viewed as being disrespectful. Whether to punish the person who disrespected the officer, or to intimidate those other people present during the situation, some police officers will resort to this conduct.
A police officer may use excessive force in situation when there is racial profiling. Be aware of the fact that it is counted as brutality when an officer racially profiles an individual and thus may over act on the crimes committed by that individual, or may falsely accuse a person because of his or her ethnicity.
The use of excessive force therefore by a police officer, no matter his or her reason will be, should be accountable for using such force. Be warned though that in several situations, it is tricky and difficult to accuse of police brutality. In this case, it is necessary to get the help of a lawyer who specializes in police brutality to help you in your particular case.