In 2007, Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida. When students were allowed to ask questions, one such student was pulled away from the mic for his aggressive line of questioning. As he resisted campus police subsequently arrested the young man. While 6 officers held him down, one of the officers pulled out his taser and the young man shouted something that became an instant YouTube viral sensation – Don’t tase me bro!
As humorous as that scenario seemed to the internet world, police brutally is a serious issue that affects many people in vulnerable situations.
Let’s Be Reasonable
By law, police are allowed to use reasonable physical force when attempting to take down a suspect. It is reasonable for law enforcement to subdue a suspect who is resisting. But where is the line between reasonable force and police brutality?
Officers of the law who use their authority to punish, intimidate, or inflict pain may have crossed that line, but let’s look at some details. Once a suspect has submitted or has been disabled and subdued, when force of violence continues, we have turned from reasonable physical force to brutality.