The police have been in the crises of solving their
issues with the Latino community. It is very important for the police to ensure
that there is peace and order in the society. The police are usually compelled
to respond to any matter of concern raised by the public but in doing so, they
have to be very vigilant to ensure that they have followed the right procedures
that is required and that they use little force when necessary (Polzin and
DeLord, 2006, August).
The police perspective
In this case, a Latino man is spotted wielding a shot gun
in a Latino neighborhood. It is the neighbors who call the police and
immediately they start tracking the man. The man notices a police car following
him and begins running. The police are therefore, prompted to follow him and
ask for back up. The man is later on cornered and the police end up killing him
with six bullets.
The police interest here is to restore peace. They do not
want any possible death resulting from a civilian who owns a gun. They are
prompted by the fact that this man is a criminal; however we learn later on
through the mother that this man is actually a mentally disabled man. The goal
of the police here is to ensure that this man does not harm anyone with this
gun. This is the reason why they hurry to the location. However, when this, man
refuses to surrender the gun, he is shot dead by two officers.
From the police perspective, the man could be
dangerous. This is a country where
people including children have used guns to harm others. Therefore, when a case
like this is reported, the police react very fast because they want to save
human lives. According to the police, it is better they lose that life of a
criminal than many lives of many innocent people.
However, in this case, the police involved in the
incident should have allowed the mother to prompt the son to comply with the
police requirement. The mother would have been in a better place to help the
police with the situation given that, with the presence of the mother, the son
would feel at ease and follow the orders.
The other solution was to use a rubber bullet than a live
bullet. This would only make him unconscious and the police would have taken
the gun away from him. This option could work so well because while hit
unconscious there is no way the man would have hurt anyone.
The other option
would have been to reason with the man and talk calmly to him, this way the man
would have also listened and complied. The police have been trained on ways of
negotiating with the criminal. They would have negotiated out a way that they
would have arrested the man. They do not have to necessarily use force unless
the man fired the gun at them. This would then mean that the police responded
with fire because they were defending themselves.
Out of all this options, I would support negotiating with
the criminal to get him to comply with what they needed him to do. If this man
is mentally challenged and sees so many people follow him, he obviously got
scared. The best thing to have done in this scenario was to talk to him calmly
without pointing guns at him.
The very fact that the police might have pointed guns at
him could have been the main reason why the man refused to do what the police
wanted him to do. However, in negotiating, they would have made him aware that
they meant no harm and only wanted the gun. If the man was not completely
damaged upstairs he would actually have listened and willingly obliged. Knowing that the man is actually
insane could have helped the police get the gun using another way. If they did
not want the mother to help out in this scenario, then they would have brought
the psychiatrists on board to help them get the man without killing him.
Although he was insane, talking to him and getting the mother to talk to him
would have proved helpful. If the police did not think that this is so
important and opted for force, or if they tried negotiating and he refused,
they would use rubber bullets in place of live bullets. The police should have
been more patient with this man.
It is the job of the labor union to train its members
fully in to understanding the possible ways that they could use to get
criminals to comply with them rather than use excessive force. Six bullets for
a man who did not try to harm the police is actually too much. However, it is
the job of the labor union to defend the actions of the members. It is in their
place to determine if the police were actually justified to use excessive force
to kill a man who they have been told that is innocent and is only mentally
The police need to be very careful, when handling people.
Police have always been caught in the mix of killing innocent people because
they think that using live bullets is noble. The unions must make sure that the
police understand what police reform is actually is. They should be made aware
of other available options that they could use to compel a criminal. Killing a
person aimlessly should be discouraged and those involved should actually pay
for it. Each human life is very precious (Polzin and DeLord, 2006, August).
Polzin, M., &
DeLord, R. (2006, August). Police
labor-management relations (vol. II): Perspective
and practical solution for implementing change, making reforms, and handling crisis for managers and union
leaders. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
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to Police Labor-Management Relations (Vol. I) - COPS ...
relations, police integrity, and community oriented policing. .....
and Police Labor-Management
Relations. (Vol. II): A Guide for Implementing
this report needs to be written to the city council and the labor union, Ensure that you fully disclose the options and impacts to the City and labor union. i am not sure all is complete on this one