What is police brutality?
Police brutality is the unwarranted or excessive and often illegal use of force against civilians by police officers. The key terms are excessive and illegal.
The law allows police officers a measure of immunity when carrying out their duties. This includes the use of an appropriate amount of force if the situation calls for it. They are allowed to use only the force necessary to contain a situation.
If however, they go beyond the dictates of the law in the discharge of such duties, they will be held liable. If they do so willfully, negligently or in an unreasonable manner, they will be held liable.
The United States constitution, in conjunction with other laws, has established the procedures which the police are to follow. Deviating from any of the established procedures is deemed misconduct.
Of the various ways police officers can be guilty of misconduct, police brutality is one of the most common and dangerous.