Should there be stricter punishment for law enforcement officers who use excessive use of force that results in injury or even death? Yes! They are still people committing a crime against another person regardless of status. If there is enough evidence against the police officer they should be punished just like a regular citizen. It is considered assault, assault with a deadly weapon, murder or manslaughter. Going over the boundaries of the law to physically harm someone is not right nor should it go unpunished. A person of the law who commits such an act against another that results in excessive injury or death should be jailed not suspended. Lately it seems like these laws and punishments exclude law enforcement or they get lighter punishment than the everyday person. You may have a title but at the end of the day you are still a person and you should be treated as one. Self-defense cannot be used for every single case. They should take into consideration that once a police officer is confronting someone or simply addressing them that they are considered right and just in their actions.
In order to correctly combat this argument, we would need to have a specific definition of what is considered excessive use of force. That way it would become possible to correctly state who in fact is using too much force. However, there is no clear definition of excessive use of force nor is there a way to properly and accurately judge how much force an officer is using in the field. Officers have to use their own judgment to decide what is consider proper for whatever circumstance they come across. Keep in mind that while these officers are upholding the peace and are supposed to be the embodiment of right and just being a police officer is a job, a very dangerous job at that. In high risk work places, accidents will happen. Officers are simply trying to do their job with a lot of pressure on their backs and should someone accuse them of making a mistake that should not mean the end of their careers as officers.