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Unethical Behavior of Police Brutality
Ethical Behavior In Criminal Justice
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From the perspective of law, excessive physical force most clearly constitutes police brutality, a term often applied loosely to various forms of police misconduct (Holmes, 2000). Over the years, police brutality continues to be an issue of concern all across the world and the need for reducing law enforcement from engaging in this unethical behavior is imperative. Although, police organizations throughout the United States have responded by tightening their "physical force", policies and reminding their officers to use reasonable judgment when dealing with unruly individuals, it still has not provided satisfaction to the citizens of our society (Schaefer, 2012). The abuse of authority has tainted the notion that justice will prevail in our judicial system. The purpose of this paper is to analyze an ethical dilemma involving a rookie police officer who witnessed inappropriate behavior from his fellow officers and sergeant superior towards a suspect.
A rookie police officers walks up on a situation that involves his fellow officers using excessive force towards a suspect who is down on his knees and is showing no sign of being life threatening towards anyone. The dilemma of this scenario is that multiple officers of the law are taking turns in striking what appeared to be a non-threatening suspect.
This situation was uncomfortable because no one spoke up to end the brutal beating that this suspect endured. Everyone stood around and watched the violence towards this man take place and did nothing to intervene. What made this situation even more uncomfortable was that the rookie officers superior Sergeant took part in this seeming unnecessary use of brutality.
Police brutality has been of concern in the United States for many years. One of...
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