Feb 29, 2016

Why do Police use excessive force to make arrest

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Have you seen a Police officer try to arrest a motorcycle operator, popularly known as okada, for breaking a traffic law or plying a restricted route? The motorcycle operator and his passenger are usually riding along and in other for the policeman to stop them, sometimes, rather than wave them down politely; he pounces on the motor bike or immediately puts an object in the way of the rider. This style of arrest has usually left many people injured from accidents. 

What about witnessing a Police officer assault a citizen under the guise of making an arrest? They will slap, beat, hit and bully you into submission. You have to understand that wrestling an unwilling offender to the ground in other to handcuff or subdue him is one thing but actually subduing an alleged offender with punches, slaps, kicks and using objects to hurt the alleged offender is barbaric in my opinion and belongs to the era of the slave trade. Citizens of a Nation with laws should not be treated in such a way.

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Section 4 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015) states that in other to effect an arrest, the person effecting the arrest must touch or confine the person to be arrested except the person submits to custody by action or word of mouth. Section 8 also provides that a suspect shall be accorded humane treatment, having regard to his right to the dignity of his person, and not be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Is physically assaulting an alleged offender inhuman or degrading treatment, I believe so. 

Please note that this does not take away the right of an officer to use force as is reasonably necessary but this must not evolve into an excessive use of force.  I sure will like to know the opinion of police officers on this topic and listen to their reason(s) for justifying these acts of excessive force in effecting arrest. 

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