Communicating the Legitimacy and Infrequency of Police Use of Force

  • 2016

Communicating the Legitimacy and Infrequency of Police Use of Force

Author:
Erick Gelhaus
Abstract:

Currently, there is considerable discussion about perceived excessive uses of force by the police. Driven by various media outlets, these conversations involve the community and governmental officials. Unfortunately, in many cases, there is little, if any, understanding of the legal foundations for officers’ actions. Media reports do not address the infrequent rate at which officers use force. This project reviews the data and research relating to the frequency of the police using force. It reviews some of the relevant case law providing parameters to officers both of which offer a foundation for more knowledgeable police administrators to communicate this information to the public using a variety of media platforms.