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.
Over the past several years, there have been many accusations of police using excessive force that resulted in the deaths individuals they claim were criminal suspects. In many of the more prominent cases, officers have faced allegations of police brutality in criminal court. Arizona residents who have been victims of an abuse of power may feel as if they do not have an option for seeking relief for monetary damages sustained.
Those who serve as police officers are usually hailed as heroes who protect the lives and property of the residents in their local communities. While this is true most of the time, there have been far too many cases when officers have gone far beyond their duties and have inflicted harm on those whom they are called to serve. Even one case of police brutality against Arizona residents can erode trust in law enforcement.
For the past several years, tensions between law enforcement and select communities have escalated. This relationship is further strained whenever those who are charged with protecting residents engage in behavior that threatens the well-being of those same residents. Sadly, there are frequent reports of alleged police brutality along with other abuses of power that further alienate many Arizona residents.