Democratic contenders discuss solutions to problems involving police brutality in the United States. Pete Buttigieg canceled several events to go back to his Indiana town and address a crisis: A white police officer with a history of making racist comments shot and killed a 54-year-old black man named Eric Logan. Buttigieg is one of several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with strong backgrounds in managing law enforcement. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio manages the largest police force in the country. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who was previously mayor of Newark, also ran his city police department. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) spent over a decade as a prosecutor, serving as district attorney of San Francisco and later as California’s attorney general. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) served as county attorney for her state’s most populous county. Beyond that, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) just endorsed Tiffany Cabán, a Queens native running for district attorney in the borough who has pledged to investigate and prosecute cops accused of using excessive force.
Current law enforcement policy.
Currently, law enforcement agencies have standard operating procedures that include audits, reviews, and disciplinary board actions to address misconduct accusations. Internal affairs offices and professional standards bureaus can ensure internal accountability supporting transparency in communities by making their policies available to the public. Transparency also includes updating the community about arrests and crime statistics and establishing citizen oversight committees to ensure that disciplinary reviews are fair. When a community feels heard, they will trust the police more. Transparency holds police and the acting members of the criminal justice system including lawmakers, judges, lawyers, and jurors accountable.
Community transparency and types of negative police encounters.
Law enforcement transparency; community outreach and oversight; and changes to level of force classifications may become more important topics to all lawmakers in upcoming months as the United States Public is concerned about the mishandling of police brutality cases, and the increase in wrongful death incidents in all states through various acts including:
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- Sexual assaults – occurring as a result of a police encounter and misuse of police authority.
- False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
- Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
- Racial and Gender Discrimination – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.
Police, under color of law, are allowed to use their authoritative powers to apprehend criminals, but sometimes their aggressive or biased actions escalate an incident into an egregious life-damaging event for the victim and/or their families.
Politicians with law enforcement management experience.
Democratic contenders are interested in addressing police brutality encounters that bring negative light to police departments and increase community divide across the country. The fact that many of these contenders have backgrounds in law enforcement management will prove to have some impact on how the election plays out and updates to current laws after 2020.
The activities of police who have overstepped their professional authority in actions of police brutality need to be addressed and reduced in the United States. USAttorneys.com can help you find an attorney who can take legal action against police misconduct.