Police brutality has occurred all across the world and is still a major concern amongst society and police organizations. Police brutality can come in many forms. The police officer can be a meat-eater meaning that he has dirty means and dirty goals. Dirty Harry’s meaning they use dirty means to achieve a rightful end. Whenever an incident of police brutality reaches the media, the public has an out roar. The blame ends up being placed upon the police officers involved and are believed to have been bad cops who should have never slipped through the recruitment process. Majority of incidents regarding police brutality are viewed as ‘bad apples’ and the individual police officers take all the blame. Police organizations are never held to blame. ‘Bad barrels’ are never seen as the reason for police brutality. ‘Bad barrels’ means a group of police officers or the organization are corrupted. Police brutality is not very well recorded within Canada. It is almost impossible to see trends, or how much police brutality actually occurs. I would like to present a research program that can address these issues and allow for reliable data to be collected with regards to police brutality.
I am proposing a research program that would allow easier tracking of police force and police brutality within British Columbia. When police officers use force, there is only accurate data when they use a weapon (ex.taser) and if physical force was used, it can go unrecorded. I recommend the implementation of a use of force section within the police reports, which can then be recorded and tracked all across British Columbia. If a police officer is found to have used excessive force, that should also be recorded into a central data base, along with what kind of force the police officer used.
With regards to complaints regarding police brutality, I am proposing funding to investigate complaints that reported improper police use of force. A team of researchers will be made that will look at all the complaints made towards police officers in British Columbia within a period of multiple years. Interviews and case studies will be used, which will help determine if they are valid and involve improper police use of force. Once the data has been collected, we can make a rough estimate in regards to police brutality. Since multiple years will have been reviewed, we can compare how many times certain incidents occurred and if there was any fluctuation from one time period to the other. These results will not be completely accurate because lots of police incidents go unrecorded and many victims of police brutality choose not to start a formal complaint.
I believe that my project should receive funding because there is no data in regards to police brutality within the province of British Columbia. This research project will provide data on police brutality and allow for year to year comparisons to see if this phenomenon is rising, falling, or staying the same.