Racism and police brutality are at national crisis levels, and these crisis levels directly align with rapidly growing tension on both the side of the police, who take an oath to serve and protect, and those persons who have been damaged by overreaching brutality due to incited aggression through valid and non-valid media sources who may have hidden agendas that damage both the reputations of police departments and the civilians, as they call out the perpetrators of brutality making citizens fearful to use public safety services.
Boise Idaho has an unsettling history of police brutality in recent years following allegations of over-aggression when six police officers subdued a criminal in a 2015 incident, following a 2009 abuse of power when an officer threatened to use a taser on a handcuffed victim’s personal body parts. One incident was physical in nature and the other verbal, but both damaging to the rights of arrested citizens. These publicized instances are two of many reports that the Boise Police Department has had over the years, but two enough to make sure a system was put into place to monitor police actions in the hopes of reducing infractions to public citizens by police officers.
The Boise City Code developed policy that requires official audits of reports of allegations of excessive or needless force, criminal law violations, civil rights violations, false arrests, biased policing and abuse of authority which are Class I offenses that could lead to disciplinary action or termination. Class II offenses are those where an officer is accuses of discourtesy, improper procedure, job performance and inadequate service to the public they serve.
Police officers allowed “use of force” including hands, batons, tasers, or other weapons when necessary, and in accordance with officer training and department policy, is among the many misinterpreted powers placed upon government employees, and a topic prevalent in our daily news. The broad-based authority given to police to use force while apprehending criminals, utilizing both physical and psychological methods, to deter and reduce crime is based on policy that dictates what is considered “reasonable” force in any given situation and is often difficult to clarify and measure.
Policy brutality occurs when officers overstep their prescribed duties in accordance with training and policy and act alternately to cause physical harm through beating, taser use or firearms. Situations may require the use of force, but excessive force may cause serious injury, and sometimes death as seen in many cases across the United States. Excessive force is not the only violation of police brutality: other actions include false arrest and wrongful imprisonment; wrongful search and seizure activity; sexual harassment; racial and gender discrimination; and general abuse against civilians. Policy brutality is an illegal and actionable offense to be remedied by affected persons, when misguided police officers overstep the boundaries of their “allowed use of force” as defined by individual State and local policy based in part, upon the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
If you feel you have been compromised by police brutality through:
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- 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.
If you feel that you or someone you know has been negatively affected by Police Brutality, they may have cause to file an action with the court.