It has become a vicious circle. The public feels that the police have become brutal and are overstepping their authority so they begin to defy the police. At the same time, the police claim that people are becoming more defiant and state that they have to act more aggressively to protect the public and themselves. The question is, which one is correct?
Over the last year there have been headlines from around the country making claims that the police are using violence against the public. Unarmed citizens have been shot and killed during police pursuits, and others have been beaten or harmed. The outraged public responds with protests and rioting, and the police respond back with more force.
The police response has not been met well by the public. Authority figures are supposed to be respected, not feared. People have quickly lost respect, and now fear, the very people that they employ to protect them. Some, however, has taken this fear and hatred a step too far and there have been targeted attacks against the police. Some police officers have been targeted and killed just for their job position. These killings were not done in self-defense. These targeted killings have heightened the vigilance of police officers around the country and now, more and more and incidents involving police brutality are occurring.
When You Have Been Injured By The Police
If you have been involved in an incident with the police and it led to you being injured, it is time to speak to a San Diego police brutality lawyer. You have specific rights as an injury victim and you may be able to seek compensation for your injury and losses.
However, contacting a San Diego police brutality lawyer also helps send out a message to the police departments that this type of behavior is unacceptable. Something needs to break this vicious cycle. The police need to return to being law enforcement, and the citizens need to relearn to respect those who are there to serve and protect.