When police officers develop positive relationships and are perceived as professional, caring, and fair to all, regardless of race, gender or religion, officers and communities will benefit through actions of mutual respect and trust. Positive interaction fosters a climate where law enforcement personnel can confidently perform their duties knowing that they have community support. Excessive force and frequent firearm’s use negatively impact relationships between police and the communities they serve.
The incidence of excessive use of force is relatively low, when compared to the amount of police encounters taking place each day across the United States. Encounters that lead to unnecessary injury have grabbed the National spotlight and forced the conversation that is causing so many peaceful and violent protests. Many officers disapprove of the use of excessive force, but a substantial minority of officers feel that they should be permitted to use more force then the law presently allows. Others agreed that following the rule of law is sometimes counter-productive to protecting communities they are sworn to serve.
Communities should be attentive to local department’s illegal activities surrounding law enforcement and initiate formal complaints against them. The color of law refers to an act performed under the appearance of legal authorization, when in fact, no such right existed. The term is used in the Federal Civil Rights Act, which gives citizens the right to sue government officials and their agents who use their authority to violate rights guaranteed by federal law and affirms:
“Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.”
Blacksburg Virginia Police misconduct involves the violation of the civil rights of a person and often the violation of both Virginia and Federal laws.
- Excessive Force in Blacksburg – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm. Once the situation is controlled, there is no longer the need for force.
- Abuse/Harassment in Blacksburg – unwelcomed advances, requests or demands for lewd favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a lewd nature by law enforcement in the course of their job.
- False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment in Blacksburg – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
- Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity in Blacksburg – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
- Racial and Gender Discrimination in Blacksburg – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.
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