A police woman in Las Vegas, in her position as a law enforcement officer to protect the people, has been arrested and charged with numerous counts violating laws and her oath as a police officer. While there is a broad authority given to police during encounters with criminals, those acts should be reasonable, not perverse or in the interest of public spectacle through mocking individuals during arrests. In this particular case, dealing with a mentally challenged individual, Officer Sorkow is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for asking him to perform embarrassing movements and taping him to share with others during a situation of distress. This kind of behavior is unbecoming at a fraternity or a sorority party and frowned upon in that venue, but in the case of an officer using the physiological/psychological deficit of a person whom they have an authoritative control encounter with to produce a video to share with others is not acceptable. The officer has had past complaints along the lines of mocking and demeaning individuals with whom she had professional encounters and has felony charges for videotaping a man with his private parts exposed in one of those encounters. How do we take these matters seriously enough to penalize a police officer beyond “suspension with pay”? Contact an attorney if you feel your rights have been violated by the acts of a police officer in the course of their prescribed duties in the community.
Restore community trust measures.
In Las Vegas Nevada, police officers must perform their duties under hazardous conditions with public scrutiny at all times, leaving no margin for error in judgment as they strive to preserve peace as the end goal to their mission. Police brutality in one of its forms occurs when officers overstep their prescribed duties in accordance with training and policy and act less than professionally required to cause emotional and/or physical harm in a manner of general abuse to citizens. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been making efforts to regain the trust of the community through:
- The use of video cams on officers.
- Public annual report available so community can view the financial priorities and community success of the department.
- Internal affairs steps to make sure police are acting professionally and within the scope of state and federal laws in correlation with department policies and procedures.
- Collaborative Reform is the initiative to address changes through organizational transformation by the analyses of policies, practices, training, and tactics around specific issues that may jeopardize the department’s legitimacy in the community.
- Statistics available for public view – Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is trying to improve community trust through transparency, while protecting the public it serves, and offering a birds-eye view of police encounters through data and statistics kept by department.
The most common forms of police brutality.
- Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
- Sexual Abuse/Harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demands for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by law enforcement in the course of their job.
- 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.
Seek legal counsel.
If you feel that you or someone you know has been negatively affected by Police Brutality through misconduct, they may have cause to file an action with the court. Contact a professional knowledgeable attorney and have them review your claim to see if you might be able seek damages.