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Do U.S. police departments use appropriate force when dealing with the public?

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Started: 9/11/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Posted by KasiaLynne 2 years ago
KasiaLynne
It will always depend on the circumstances. If a police officers life is in danger than yes he or she should use force to get themselves or the public out of harms way. At the same time there is not a decent way to tell which side of the story is the truth.
Posted by Fudge_Packer 2 years ago
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The first commenter sounds like a real cop sucker.
Posted by MakeSensePeopleDont 2 years ago
MakeSensePeopleDont
This is literally impossible to debate; it's WAY too generalized. You need to define specific cases to debate as opposed to an over-generalization which is impossible to provide facts for and is impossible to produce a large enough sampling pool of verifiable data to move the debate's arguments out of the opinionated realm and into the factual realm. As it stands, the two of you are jut going to throw cases back and forth 1 by 1.

Attempting to debate officers as a whole and then additionally, debating the amount of force used per encounter, as a WHOLE is an ignorant and speculative endeavor at best.

Think about it; per the FBI, in 2010 alone, officers nationwide made an estimated 13,120,947 arrests. This estimate does NOT include traffic stops resulting in court summons, traffic stops resulting in warnings, encounters that do NOT result in an arrest, nor does it account for ANY encounters including arrests when the suspect is a minor; this also does NOT account for times where multiple suspects are approached but NOT all are arrested, meaning if an officer makes contact with a group of 5 suspects and only 1 is arrested, this is only counted as 1 arrest. If we take all of these undocumented encounters into account, we could EASILY estimate multiplying the 13,120,947 arrests by a factor of 10.

So, as you can see, without defining specific cases, there is NO way to have a legitimate debate about police officer's use of force.
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