ERIC Number: ED169196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Police Use of Force: A Community Relations Concern.
Pompa, Gilbert G.
Addressed in this speech are police/minority relations problems, particularly the issue of police use of excessive force. References are made to studies and reports on the subject and the difficulty in getting adequate and substantial information on the patterns of occurrence where community friction arising from the use of excessive force is concerned. Possible circumstances contributing to the use of excessive force on the part of police officers and guidelines governing the officers' use of force are discussed. State laws limiting a police officer's use of deadly force to arrest a felony suspect are described. It is pointed out that these laws are not uniform and that the decision to use force is often left to the officer. It is also pointed out that there is a definite trend emerging that indicates local police departments are voluntarily imposing more stringent limitations on their officers than are required by State laws. Objectives of an agency effort to improve race relations by helping police departments and minority communities to better understand the implications of this issue are outlined. (EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Community Relations Service.
Note: Speech presented to the Annual Conference of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (6th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1979)