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Frank Howard Police Brutality According to Jean Miller, police brutality is defined by two characteristics; it must be intentional and excessive force. Two cops approached a drunk who was disturbing the peace and told him to move along. At this point the drunk probably could have walked away without much hassle had he obeyed the officers’ command. Instead, the drunk chose to “take a wild swing” at one of the policemen. The officer screamed at the drunk, pinned his arms behind his back and dislocated his shoulder upon lifting him off the ground. Given the circumstances, the officer acted intentionally, but not excessively. Jean Miller is a naïve student, not a legal expert. That is not to say that one must be a legal expert to be capable of arguing right and wrong. She simply does not understand the responsibilities of police officers, and does not respect the danger that is their profession. Either she assumes too much in the case of the officers and the drunk, or just fails to recognize the other variables at work in her narrative. What time of day was it? Where was it? Was the man carrying a weapon or wearing clothes which could conceal one? A critical reader would ask these questions because they correlate to the officers’ state of alertness.
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