On the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police brutality, many states across the country have signed over 200 bills to alter the state of policing operations. These newly enacted bills have addressed issues such as excessive force, warrants, and records.
According to Politico, Colorado has joined Arkansas and Massachusetts in passing a law that requires an officer to intervene and stop another officer from engaging in excessive force. Failure to intervene may result in legal ramifications for the officer.
Many brutal tactics have been proven to be dangerous, controversial, and ineffective.
Some examples of police brutality include:
- Assault and Battery
- No warrant search and seizures
- Stop and Frisk
- Unnecessary physical restraint during a traffic stop
- Planting evidence on the innocent
- Expressing racial bias of any kind
The Use of Force Project’s website shows a few examples of police officers and their employers refusing to intervene with police brutality. Some of them include:
- Failing to de-escalate situations
- Allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians
- Failing to give a verbal warning to subjects
- Failing to read Miranda rights to subjects
- Failing to exercise all other options to use excessive force
Colorado law bans the use of chokeholds, especially those that block someone’s breathing. The ban remains intact even if the officer is justified to use deadly force in self-defense. Failure to abide by these rules can result in the officers being directly sued for up to $25,000.
Can Civilians Protect Themselves from Police Brutality?
Individuals in the greater Denver area have rights that protect them from police misconduct. Police brutality can occur at almost any police interaction due to reasons that are not the civilian’s fault. Police officers are often distressed, anxious, irritable, and angry. This leaves them to take their anger out on innocent people who are just trying to live their lives. Anyone who has been a victim or witness to misconduct at the hands of an office should seek medical care immediately along with obtaining evidence that will help your case.
It is recommended that individuals remain calm, obedient, and polite whenever in contact with a police officer. If misconduct ensues, it is imperative to remain composed so that you may be able to gather all the necessary evidence you need for a lawsuit.
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