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. The simple use of a police officer to use his or her power to induce an individual to agree a request or search is another example. Even at the police department, this police brutality can be observed during interactions with police officers.
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. If you have to undergo medical treatment, make sure to have the records that your attorney can refer to that you might use for your other rights.
Note that if provoked, police officers are legally able to use force against you or to a person. Unfortunately, there are some police who use force even if not provoked or even when only moderate is supposedly to be given. There are cases when excessive force led to serious injury and even death. Therefore, be informed that it is punishable by law if there is wrongful death caused by police brutality.
Police brutality could come from various reasons, and cited as the most usual cause of this excessive force is the policeman’s psychological state or how he or she viewed the situation and reacted to it.
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. This brutality could be a result to punish the person who disrespected the officer, or even to intimidate those present during the scene.
Racial profiling is another situation when excessive force could be used by a police officer. This means, an officer who has the tendency to racially profile people, may over react to crimes committed by some persons because of their ethnicity, and you should know that is counted as brutality.
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. However, categorizing the actions of a police officer as brutality is most of the time difficult and tricky. In such cases, it would be wise to get the help of a lawyer whose specialty is in police brutality to help you in your situation.