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.
Over the past several years, the level of trust between certain segments of the population and police has continued to erode. Along with the nationwide stories of police brutality, some communities have been plagued by rogue police officers who are arresting residents on false charges. In Arizona and other states, some individuals have been falsely accused and suffered serious damage to their reputations.
When an individual dies while in the custody of law enforcement agencies, there are certain protocols that must be followed, including the release of pertinent information on a timely basis. Though there may be serious health problems that caused an individual's demise, there are countless occasions when police brutality was ruled a contributing factor in an untimely death. Arizona residents who have lost a loved one due to the abuse of power do have recourse for seeking justice.
Police in Arizona and elsewhere are charged with the duty of protecting and serving the public. In some circumstances, officers must apply significant force in order to bring a volatile situation under control; however, unless the person presents a significant threat there is seldom the need to use deadly force. Sadly, there have been many recent incidents when alleged police brutality resulted in death.
A recent report was published that addressed a serious problem within some police departments. While many incidents of police brutality do make the evening news, there is one type of abuse of power that may go unreported by victims. It is likely that there are Arizona residents who have suffered abuse by those sworn to protect them but are hesitant to report the crime.
Those who have been accused of committing a misdemeanor or other minor infraction are entitled to humane treatment, regardless of the situation. Unfortunately, there have been many stories of authority overreach that may fit the definition of police brutality. Arizona residents who believe that they have been a victim of this type of behavior are entitled to seek justice.
Four years ago, the questionable shooting death of an unarmed African-American set off a fire storm of protests that caught the attention of the entire nation. Since that infamous event, there have been multiple reports of similar incidents that have led to increased distrust of police departments across the country. This is not an isolated problem, as there have been reports of Arizona residents also suffering harm as a result of alleged police brutality.
Over the past several years, there has been an increase in reports of police abusing their authority through excessive force -- often with deadly consequences. Most Arizona residents are familiar with many of these incidents, especially the ones that have garnered national attention. Recently, it was announced that an officer who was involved in a case of alleged police brutality four years ago will now face departmental charges for his role.