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Our police officers in the United States are heroes. They go out every day and put their life on the line in order to keep our families safe. Police officers are human, however, and having a badge does not mean they will never break the law.
Law enforcement officers are in charge of keeping the peace. They are supposed to arrest the criminals and keep the innocent bystanders safe. This is an immensely stressful job and can involve a great deal of violence at times. Police officers are authorized to use any amount of force reasonably necessary in order to arrest a suspect.
However, police officers can take it too far, and that's when it becomes police brutality. A very well known example of police brutality is the beating of Rodney King by members of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. This was such a big case because the beating was videotaped by a bystander and soon aired all over the country. After the police officers were acquitted of any wrongdoing, the Los Angeles riots began in retaliation of the courts decision. Racial discrimination was a factor in the Rodney King case and continues to be a leading cause of police brutality around the country.
Internal police commissions or district attorneys usually investigate cases of police brutality. It can be very scary to bring a case against the police for police brutality, after all, how do you report a case against the police to the police? That's why its important to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm who are willing to help you and fight for you in order to ensure you receive whatever compensation you may be entitled to.
It is acceptable, and even expected for police to use force in some instances. This force may even seem excessive to the public when, in fact, it is very necessary. There are times, however, when police step over the line, take advantage of their authoritative roles, and cause injuries to those who are undeserving.
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