Police Brutality Lawyer Des Moines, IA
Police brutality is a rising force in the world of crime, and much like insurance companies police men believe they can undercut and harm those who they deem as “beneath them.” Johnston Martineau LLP knows that nobody is beneath the police, not even police officers, and they will see that police brutality is dealt with through the legal system in the appropriate manner.
What Is Police Brutality?
This is a term used to describe the brutality that people experience from the police when they have their rights violated. People who experience police brutality may be beaten, experience abuse that’s racially focused, be killed unlawfully, be tortured, and much more.
You may find yourself wondering why police brutality is a human rights issue, and that’s okay. The police are an organized group of people who are tasked with upholding the laws, however, sometimes they may think themselves above the law. The issue stands when officers begin to misuse their power.
This is especially true if the police are unlawfully detaining people, unlawfully killing people, or if the police force is considered to be excessive; whether in size or in the type of weapons they have. Police forces that are deemed excessive in nature, and have a history of misusing their power, have the ability to take away the people’s right to freedoms. These freedoms, such as, the freedom of life, the right to liberty, the right to security, the right to equal protection and many more are inherent parts of human life.
Are The Police Allowed To Kill People?
From the news, it’d seem so. In fact, there are international laws that govern when the police can use lethal force. The UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, or BPUFF, is one such law that deals with police and the use of force.
Police officers are supposed to respect and protect everyone’s right to live, and that’s what this law banks on. Under this law, officers should only use lethal force as their last resort, so it shouldn’t be used unless there is not any other way to protect themselves or others from serious injury or death.
From that alone, many police killings seen on the news throughout the 2000s have not been up to par with standards. In fact, in protests in Iran in 2019, the police shot and killed hundreds of protesters who were protesting peacefully.
You may ask, “does the United States have to follow international laws?” The answer is yes, all governments must incorporate internationally defined human rights laws into their domestic legislations, however many countries have failed at doing so adequately. In the United States alone, nine states don’t have laws that govern the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers.
If you or your loved ones have experienced a loss, or personal injury due to police brutality, reach out to Johnston Martineau LLP today, so that they can review your case and decide if they can help you as a police brutality lawyer in Des Moines, IA.