“By law the police have the right to use legitimate force if necessary to make an arrest, maintain order, or keep the peace. Just how much force is appropriate under various circumstances can be debatable. When an officer uses excessive force he or she violates the law (Jerome Skolnick and James Fyfe) define police brutality as a conscious and deliberate action that a police officer undertakes towards suspects who are usually members of a powerless social group (For example racial minorities or homosexuals)” (Cliff Notes 2013). I propose a research or a study upon police brutality in B.C. by seeking the public’s response about how police brutality should be decreased in many situations and doubt with civil manners, it should be done in a legal way not forced upon any civilian. Also my study will show how to prevent police brutality and how it has briefly increased or decreased within the years. For an example ever since the Robert Dziekanskis case where four RCMP officers used a lethal weapon upon Robert Dziekanski which was an incorrect use of a taser machine and excessive force upon the civilian. Before this incident there was a lot of misuse of legal weapons that the authority has power to but this caused damage to many civilians that experienced police brutality in B.C. After the incident of Robert Dziekanski the percentage of legal weapons and excessive force and decreased with the amount of 87% as the legal recommendations say. “Mr. Dziekanskis death appears to have galvanized public antipathy for the force and its members.” “That is regrettable because the most important weapon in the arsenal of the police is public support.” (Braidwood commissions of inquiry)(Goldsmith, 2010). My study shows the specific ways and reasons towards what happens within the police organizations and how brutality is cruel and incorrect to force upon the society or the police organizations itself. To get at this brutal phenomenon there will be serious circumstances taken towards this action, such as running a campaign for who is against and for police brutality and spread the word out to the public or having to limit police powers for the public to be safe and be protected By running this campaign the public and myself will go out and try to find ways to change the police policy or conduct ways that the “Bad cops” or who cause excessive force will need extra training , or even approach the police academy’s to conduct a new way for their police trainings and have the instructors show better ways to train the new recruited officers so that they do not have to be involved in police brutality in the future. “To curb brutality, police administrators must be proactive. Departments in some cities, for example, have adopted special training programs to reduce incidents of police brutality. Other departments have formulated rules that limit the use of force by the police. Preventive control also requires supervising officers (for example, conducting surveillance of officers’ work) and disciplining those who violate departmental standards. A growing number of cities, for instance, are developing early warning systems to identify officers with high rates of citizen complaints. These incidents should be investigated, and if verified, the officers involved should be charged, disciplined, restrained, and/or counseled.” (Cliff Notes 2013) For another Example the Braidwood commission’s inquiry under the public inquiry act within January 2009 and which were concluded in June 2010 show two phases. Phase one shows the focus “ On the use of conducted energy weapons (CEWs) by provincially regulated law enforcement agencies in B.C.. commissioner Braid wood identified a lack of consistency in provincial police policies, standards, and training regarding the use of CEWs and an inappropriately high degree of dependence on the training materials provided by Taser International. The Commissioner also found B.C. police increasingly called upon to deal with emotionally disturbed persons and that the best practice in such situations is a strategy of de-escalation, as opposed to aggressive confrontation (Including taser use.)(Braidwood Commissions of Inquiry)(Goldsmith, 2010).” And phase two focuses more upon the death of Robert Dziekanski and the misinterpretations between RCMP police officers and the civilian himself because of a language barrier. “The phase two report also leveled strong criticism at the RCMP’s internal investigation into the incident, citing it as a problematic example of police investigating the police. Commissioner Braidwood recommended that an independent investigations office be created and empowered to investigate police related incidents and make recommendations regarding criminal charges.” (Braid wood Commissions of inquiry) (Goldsmith, 2010). The nature around police brutality shows how it is or seen as of force only from many police officers. Additionally this is a common nature that happens quite often within the police organization. When videos go viral on media websites it shows how brutality is and how the audience perceives this visual force that has been taken upon many innocent individuals that do not deserve this type of action from the police force. When the audience perceives this information automatically they can make judgements about many of the police officers, or there organizations which are always intentionally negative judgements or feedback most of the time. There for to reduce this type of action in my research I thought to propose something that could possibly decrease police brutality it would be by taking away certain lethal weapons away from the police officers, change in police policy. For an example within the Robert Dzeankzi case the biggest impact between 2007 and now it took 5 years to rearrange the police policy and create an independent investigations office this department only deal with police related situations that happens within police themselves. The public raises a huge saying upon changes towards many police officers, or police organization, or even the police policy or even having the police officers have more strict training that they do not cause any sort of brutality. In conclusion my campaign should receive a funding because my proposal to the public was to decrease police brutality and have the public protected from the excessive force that the police lay upon the many of the civilians. The funding will go towards the change in the organization, public satisfaction, and it should cover the cost of as a campaign the particular things we want to have an impact on would need a little bit of cost devoted to it. I am positive that my proposal and my team will make a huge change within the police organization and police officers them self and the society.
Goldsmiths A. (2010) “Policing’s new visibility”, British Journal of Criminology 50: 914-934
Anatomy of an inquiry: The Braidwood Commissions of Inquiry (Article)