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NCJ Number: 52131 Find in a Library
Title: FINDING ALTERNATIVES TO THE USE OF FORCE
Journal: ENGAGE/SOCIAL ACTION  Dated:(NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1978)  Pages:18-24
Author(s): J P ADAMS
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Engage/Social Action
Washington, DC 20002
Sale Source: Engage/Social Action
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ADVOCATES THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE BY POLICE OFFICERS ONLY IN THE MOST EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES. THE COMMUNITY IS URGED TO DEVELOP ALTERNATIVES.
Abstract: SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE TAKEN UPON THEMSELVES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LAWLESS. MOST SERIOUS IS THE UNNECESSARY USE OF DEADLY FORCE. HOWEVER, POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT THE ONLY PARTIES GUILTY OF LAWLESSNESS. PROSECUTORS WHO FAIL TO PROSECUTE, JURIES THAT IGNORE EVIDENCE, AND COMMUNITIES THAT GIVE SUPPORT TO POLICE MISCONDUCT ARE ALL EQUALLY GUILTY OF LAWLESSNESS. RELATED TO THE PROBLEM OF THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE IS THE PROBLEM OF FEAR IN OUR SOCIETY. FEAR BREEDS VIOLENCE AND REAL SECURITY WITHIN THE SOCIETY WILL ONLY COME WHEN CITIZENS VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND SUPPORT THE LAW. THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE BY POLICE OFFICERS ONLY SERVES TO INCREASE FEAR WHICH IN TURN INCREASES CRIME. THE VICIOUS CYCLE NEEDS TO BE BROKEN. AT THE VERY HEART OF THIS ISSUE IS CONCERN FOR HUMAN LIFE. EVEN THE OFFENDER'S LIFE IS SACRED. FURTHERMORE, THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE INCREASES DANGER TO THE POLICE. THE LOSS OF TRUST AND THE WITHDRAWAL OF COOPERATION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY MAY PLACE THE POLICE OFFICER IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION IN WHICH ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED CITIZENS CAN TARGET THE POLICE FOR ALL THEIR GRIEVANCES. DEADLY FORCE MAY ALSO DELAY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. GUNS MAY PROTECT THE MAJORITY AND INTIMIDATE THE MINORITY. THE FUTURE AND THE STABILITY OF SOCIETY DEPEND UPON FINDING ALTERNATIVES TO THE USE OF FORCE. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--MLC)
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Lawful use of force; Minorities; Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use; Socioculture
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