Police are supposed to protect the communities that they serve, but far too often, they end up harming them instead. Police brutality is a serious and ongoing threat to the people of Arizona. Since there is no way of discerning when a situation will turn violent, every encounter with the police can be terrifying. These encounters can even be fatal. Sadly, one out-of-state man's recent police encounter ended in his death.
Having a negative interaction with police, especially one that turns violent, can leave many physical and psychological scars. Arizona victims of police brutality may still need ongoing mental health support even after the incident occurs. Research about the ongoing impacts of such experiences is ongoing, many of which may not be obvious at first.
Recently, Phoenix city council has been discussing various oversight options in response to growing complaints about excessive force from local law enforcement. A proposal tabled by the mayor suggests the implementation of a civilian review board to audit allegations of police brutality and misconduct. Should the proposal move forward, the legal response to such allegations may change in the city of Phoenix.
Police officers encounter all manner of people as they carry out their responsibilities to protect and serve their communities. Unfortunately, there have been many incidents when interactions between law enforcement and those who suffer from mental health issues have escalated to the point that those being placed under arrest have become victims of police brutality. Arizona residents who have been harmed by an abuse of power do have avenues for pursuing justice.
Police departments both here in Arizona and across the country, are slowly implementing the use of both dashboard cameras as well as body worn cameras to record interactions with the public. However, in several cases of alleged police brutality, these cameras were either not turned on or were otherwise not available. One inventor has developed a cellphone application that may provide peace of mind to those who install it on their electronic devices.
Cities across the country rely on their police departments to ensure the safety of their residents. Sadly, occasionally people become victims of police brutality when officers cross the line between public servant and perpetrator. As in other civil cases, victims of these types of disturbing encounters may be required to keep silent about the terms of any settlements between a city and the victim. However, victims in Arizona -- and elsewhere -- should have a right to speak out about the harm that may have been inflicted by those who purportedly abused their authority.
There have been several high-profile deadly encounters between young men and law enforcement. One recent report lists police brutality as a fast-rising cause of death for certain segments of the nation's population. Though not every conflict with law enforcement includes the excessive use of force, Arizona residents who have suffered needless harm from these interactions may be unsure of their rights in seeking justice.
In moments of crisis, it is customary to summon police officers for assistance. Unfortunately, sometimes the police respond in a manner that is out of proportion to the circumstances. Arizona residents who have been victims of overzealous law enforcement actions may have a basis for filing a police brutality claim.
When parents deny a youngster a desired toy, a child may be tempted to take the object without a parent's approval. Though shoplifting is illegal, these incidents can be handled calmly. One Phoenix family was terrorized after what could be considered a case of police brutality.
Arizona police officers are charged with protecting and serving their communities. Even in situations where an individual is suspected of engaging in illegal activity, officers are expected to carry out their duties in ways that will not place anyone in undue danger. Sadly, some officers cross the line and engage in behaviors that qualify as police brutality. Anyone who has been a victim of police overreach may have legal options for legal recourse.