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Controversial Issues in Modern American Policing
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The Public Perception of Police What Do You Think Of? What You Might Not Think Of . . . Officers’ previous experiences and situational context Public and officer safety The “bad apple” syndrome
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Police Use of Force Force used in less than 1% of all police- civilian encounters Grabbing/Holding most common use of force Weapons rarely used Mostly chemical agents , flashlights , and batons Firearms used in 0.2% of use-of-force incidents Handcuffing typically the greatest amount of force used in any encounter
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Civilian Use of Force Police most likely to use force when civilians resist arrest or use force themselves Civilians often report provoking officers by: Assaulting officers (with or without a weapon) Actively resisting arrest Verbally threatening officers Trying to escape arrest Interfering with others’ arrests
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Excessive Force vs. Police Brutality Excessive/Unnecessary Use of Force Any force that is more than would be required to handle a situation Police Brutality Force that is more than required and intended to cause physical harm
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Laws Restricting the Use of Force Is the use of force employed by an officer objectively reasonable based on the totality of the circumstances? Graham v. Connor What was the severity of the original crime? Does the suspect pose a threat to others?
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