Every time that the police turn to violent force and take a life, it feels like people start asking if it was really necessary. They look at the rates of police shootings in the United States, for instance, and compare them to other countries. Do U.S. police turn to violence too quickly? If so, why do they do it?
Everyone in Illinois, even someone suspected of having committed a crime, has a constitutional right to not be treated with excessive force. This protection is afforded to all Americans under the reasonable search and seizure guidelines of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Eighth Amendment also prohibits individuals from being subject to cruel and unusual punishment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is establishing a database that will keep track of incidents involving the discharge of a police firearm in someone's direction, the serious bodily harm of a subject or death. The database will also track the gender, ethnicity and age of those people involved in police shootings.
In trying to understand why police brutality happens, it's important to look at the psychological side of working as a police officer. It is very challenging work that presents officers with some of the darker sides of life on a daily basis.