Imagine you are a patrol officer and answer a call regarding a man brandishing a gun. He advances on you and ignores your warnings to stop. You shoot and kill him, an act the public refers to as “suicide by cop.” Was this a matter of police brutality or a matter of victim facilitation, precipitation, or provocation?
Imagine you are a patrol officer and answer a call regarding a man brandishing a gun. He advances on you and ignores your warnings to stop. You shoot and kill him, an act the public refers to as “suicide by cop.” Was this a matter of police brutality or a matter of victim facilitation, precipitation, or provocation? Defend your reasoning.
Based on the above scenario and question, write a 500 word essay.
The information is based on FBI data compiled over a 8-year period and covering all cases involving law enforcement officers killed while answering calls about a person with a gun.
The analysis revealed that the most dangerous time during such a call is early in the event. Twenty-four percent of the police officers were shot while approaching the scene; another 12 percent were killed while leaving their police vehicles.
Forty-five percent of the police were killed before making any contact with the suspect.
Other times of high danger were when making initial contact with the suspect and when handling situations involving barricaded suspects.
The videotape advises police to watch for suspicious people when approaching the scene, to park out of sight, to approach using cover, to scrutinize the entire area carefully, to encounter armed people from cover, and to maintain good cover. Printed synopsis, statistical summary, instructions to trainers, questions, and discussion topics
1. Governments and law enforcement agencies shall adopt and implement rules and regulations on the use of force and firearms against persons by law enforcement officials. In developing such rules and regulations, Governments and law enforcement agencies shall keep the ethical issues associated with the use of force and firearms constantly under review.
2. Governments and law enforcement agencies should develop a range of means as broad as possible and equip law enforcement officials with various types of weapons and ammunition that would allow for a differentiated use of force and firearms.
These should include the development of non-lethal incapacitating weapons for use in appropriate situations, with a view to increasingly restraining the application of means capable of causing death or injury to persons.
For the same purpose, it should also be possible for law enforcement officials to be equipped with self-defensive equipment such as shields, helmets, bullet-proof vests and bullet-proof means of transportation, in order to decrease the need to use weapons of any kind.
3. The development and deployment of non-lethal incapacitating weapons should be carefully evaluated in order to minimize the risk of endangering uninvolved persons, and the use of such weapons should be carefully controlled.
4. Law enforcement officials, in carrying out their duty, shall, as far as possible, apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms. They may use force and firearms only if other means remain ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result.
5. Whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable, law enforcement officials shall:
(a) Exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offence and the legitimate objective to be achieved;
(b) Minimize damage and injury, and respect and preserve human life;
(c) Ensure that assistance and medical aid are rendered to any injured or affected persons at the earliest possible moment;
(d) Ensure that relatives or close friends of the injured or affected person are notified at the earliest possible moment.
6. Where injury or death is caused by the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials, they shall report the incident promptly to their superiors, in accordance with principle 22.
7. Governments shall ensure that arbitrary or abusive use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials is punished as a criminal offence under their law.
8. Exceptional circumstances such as internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked to justify any departure from these basic principles.