Regain community trust.
Tampa area police have had some negative policing history to correct with people dying due to diabetic shock while being arrested and restrained, or children watching their father being hit by a Taser. Previous allegations of increased traffic-stops for minor infractions that escalated to terrible events need to be remedied with continued community support from officers. Discriminatory enforcement practices can alienate our citizens, foster distrust of police in the community, invite media scrutiny, legislative action and judicial intervention, and potentially lead to allegations of constitutional and civil rights violations.
Bias-based profiling occurs when intentional or unintentional applications of an officer’s personal, societal, or organizational judgments, biases or stereotypes are incorporated into police decisions and action, and the ONLY reason for that decision or action is because of a person’s race, ethnicity, background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, culture or other personal characteristic, rather than due to the observed behavior of the individual or the identification of the individual as being, having been, or about to be engaged in criminal activity.
Polilcy on bias-based profiling.
It is the policy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to protect the constitutional rights of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system or physical characteristic; and to treat each person with respect and dignity. While contacting persons in a variety of situations is not only routine, but also germane to law enforcement activities, the agency will not accept or tolerate bias-based profiling.
If a citizen has a complaint regarding bias-based profiling or other misconduct they can make a complaint to the department by contacting CHAD CHRONISTER, SHERIFF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE P.O. Box 3371 Tampa, Florida 33601, (813) 247-8000 or email at www.hcso.tampa.fl.us. Internal Affairs usually investigates these cases to ensure positive community relationships and provide citizens with a fair and effective avenue to seek redress for legitimate complaints against Sheriff’s Office employees and to protect the employees from false charges of misconduct or wrongdoing. The complaint system and disciplinary procedure not only subject the employee to corrective action following any improper conduct, it also protects the employee from criticism when they properly discharge their firearms.
Police misconduct is costly.
Lives of officers and victims of brutality, hours of court and legal fees, and thousands of dollars of government funding through police department operations are the tangible costs of police brutality, meaning that police misconduct costs tax payers in every corner of the United States. Specialized training and implementation working in cooperation with the community is valuable for everyone.
Use of force.
The 2018 Florida Statutes Chapter 776 outlines the law on “Justifiable Use of Force” as it pertains to Police Officer activity in Section 776.05 whereby an officer is justified in the use of any force: 1) which he or she reasonably believes to be necessary to defend himself or herself or another from bodily harm while making the arrest; 2) when necessarily committed in retaking felons who have escaped; or 3) when necessarily committed in arresting felons fleeing from justice.
Call an attorney.
Bias-based profiling sometimes leads to events of excessive force. If you feel you have been a victim of police misconduct by an officer in Tampa Florida, you should seek professional legal consultation at Larson Johnson P.L. to help file a claim and have them review your case to see if you can sue for damages. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality through excessive force.
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