Research Agenda: Police Brutality

Posted: March 26, 2013 by pmaharaj91 in Uncategorized

Recently, “police brutality” has become a major issue around the world. However, there is not a large amount of data on police brutality in Canada. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_brutality, police brutality is defined as the “wanton use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer.” The police have the right to use “reasonable force”, if it is essential to make an arrest, uphold order, or for reconciliation matters. Usually, most police brutality goes un-reported, most police brutality is focused against minority groups or otherwise weak populations, some police expect citizens to automatically obey to police authority and a few officers are prolonged offenders, who are accountable for an inconsistent number of brutality complaints. Though, how much force is applicable under certain conditions can be debateable. When an officer uses more force than needed, he, or she is violating the law.

Firstly, I propose to conduct a survey on police officers. This will give me an idea of what is occurring with the police and how police brutality can be reduced. I would give the police officers from B.C. a random and anonymous survey to complete. I would get the police officers to complete an agreement scale type of survey. A question on it could be, “in the last 6 months, have you engaged in excessive force to uphold order?” They would get to choose from strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. If they agreed to this, at the bottom they would have to write what occurred in that, or those situations.

Moreover, I would also conduct a survey on the general public of British Columbia. I would give them a random and anonymous survey to complete as well. They as well would complete an agreement scale type of survey. A question on it could be, “in the last 6 months, have you been a victim of police brutality?” They as well would get to choose from strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. If they agreed to this, they would have to write out what occurred in that situation in time.

Furthermore, when I have gotten the two parties to complete the surveys, I would then gather my evidence and present it.

To close, although this is a simple strategy, it would give me a good idea of what is going on because it is a random sample of people, who are anonymous, so results would not be biased. My study will show how much force is used by police officers, but it will also give us an idea of where the police can improve on with excessive force with the general public and how often it occurs. This research would be cost effective and the funding could also be a good way for proper training for police officers and how to deal with individuals better. This is why my study should receive funding.

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Comments
  1. Mike Larsen says:

    While a survey of BC police officers seems like a reasonable component of a research project in this area, I am not sure what you would expect to find using the type of survey you have described. Would it provide you with the richness of information that you need to ascertain the nature and extent of police brutality in BC? It seems like a reasonable first step, but not a robust methodology for a definitive study.

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