Police Shootings Brutality Excessive Force

Police Shooting - Excessive Force - Police Brutality

Police brutality refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. Police brutality is the use of more force than is reasonably necessary to arrest a suspect. Examples of police brutality can include: a police shooting or excessive force against a suspect already in custody and not resisting. The usage of a weapon against a suspect who is not armed and who the officers have no reason to suspect is armed. Police brutality is another term for excessive force.

Excessive force, police shooting & Police brutality is likely a Fourth Amendment violation

Excessive force, police shooting & Police brutality is likely also an Eighth Amendment violation

The remedy is monetary or injunctive relief under Section 1983 of the United States Code.

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Excessive force refers to situations where law enforcement legally entitled to use force exceeds the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it's also referred to as police brutality.

The constitutional right to be free from excessive force is found in the reasonable search and seizure requirement of the Fourth Amendment and the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment in the Eighth Amendment.

The Supreme Court has recognized that "the right to make an arrest or investigatory stop necessarily carries with it the right to use some degree of physical coercion or threat." The amount of force used must be proportional to the threat and escalate only in response to the threat.

There is no difference between the term excessive force and police brutality. However, excessive force is the proper term such as might be used in the wording of a statute, in court, in a police department procedures manual, in a media report, or in proper conversation. Police brutality is a term used to emotionally charge the audience.

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