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In class we defined force as use of power energy and strength and we said that it was an occupational requirement for police We defined violence as the rapid intensive use of force and it could be good legal and legitimate in some circumstances for police officers We defined brutality as illegal illegitimate inappropriate or excessive use of force and that brutality could be physical or psychological In terms of policing a definition of brutality must include use of physical force In class we stated that brutality involved inappropriate or excessive use of force More exactly we stated that force involved the use of power energy and strength all of which are physical elements In the brutality questionnaire that we completed for class incidents that I found most brutal involved some unreasonably harsh physical violence One incident that demonstrates the most brutality is the following A child was kid-napped and ransom was paid which effected the childs release The child had been somewhat battered The suspect is approached by the police but he does not surrender even after warning shots are fired into the air He is finally shot and wounded in the stomach by one of the officers He had a long criminal record but at his trial he was found not guilty when his defense proved that he could not have committed the crime to the jurys satisfaction Brutality questionnaire This incident is highly brutal because it was not stated that the suspect had any weapon on his person or that he was in any way a threat to the arresting police officer I dont see any appropriate reason why the officer should have used that kind of force to subdue the suspect The article stated that the suspect was approached by the officer the suspect was not sneaking up on the officer It looks to me like the officer felt he needed to avenge the injuries that the kid-napped child
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