Exclusive summary on the Tennessee v Garner case on police use of force. The police are tasked with protecting the community from those who intend to victimize others.
1. The police are tasked with protecting the community from those who intend to victimize others. The community–police partnership is vital to preventing and investigating crime. This assignment explores police processes and key aspects of the community-police relationship.
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Write original nonplagiarism free 875- to 1,050-word paper in which you do the following:
Summarize Tennessee v. Garner (1985) and Graham v. Connor (1989). How do these cases regulate the use of force by police? What is the three-prong test?
Remember at the time actions such as shooting fleeing felons prior to these decisions were legal!
How did the two cases above influence policy agencies?
Now, choose a police agency in the United States to research for the following questions:
Describe the selection process for police officers at your chosen agency. This includes the minimum age and education requirements, as well as the types of selection tests (written, physical, oral boards, etc.).
These are two consolidated cases against different defendants involving the same incident. During a chase, police officer Elton Hymon shot 15-year-old Edward Eugene Garner with a hollow tip bullet to prevent Garner from escaping over a fence. Garner was suspected of burglarizing a nearby house. Hymon admitted that before he shot he saw no evidence that Garner was armed and “figured” he was unarmed. The bullet hit Garner in the back of the head. Garner was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
Garner’s father sued seeking damages for violations of Garner’s constitutional rights. The district court entered judgment for the defendants because Tennessee law authorized Hymon’s actions. The court also felt that Garner had assumed the risk of being shot by recklessly attempting to escape. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed, holding that killing a fleeing suspect is a “seizure” under the Fourth Amendment and such a seizure would only be reasonable if the suspect posed a threat to the safety of police officers or the community at large.
Briefly discuss issues that are affecting the police-community partnership at your chosen agency.
Explain how the agency partners with the community to address issues. Consider any public programs the agency offers and whether citizens have roles on advisory boards.
Identify if your selected agency shares its use of force policies on its website. How do they investigate the use of force incidents? Can a citizen review the use of force reports through the agency website? Discuss the level of transparency the agency provides