Need an research paper on the use of police force in the united states and united kingdom. Needs to be 9 pages. Please no plagiarism. The passage of the legislation in 1994 by the federal government permitting Pentagon to provide surplus military paraphernalia that was intended for the Cold War to local police units to curb war on drugs has contributed to excessive use of police force and brutality when responding to scenes (Ruckle, 2014). Thus, weaponry that was designed purposely for foreign battlefields has permitted and handed over to the police to use on American streets and against American citizens. Therefore, when the USA military tackles terrorism abroad, the local police use similar equipment at home to resolve internal security problems.
Many American citizens have perished in the hands of police officers both in the line of duty or not. The deaths have occurred due to the application of force in extenuating circumstances majorly when responding to the scene. Other incidences leading to deaths by police include police brutality and accidents. Some of the deaths occurring may be considered justifiable homicide. The USA Supreme Court in Tennessee v Garner argues that the police officers are granted the use of deadly force by state law to state and local law enforcement groups in their line of duty thereby constituting justifiable homicide (Ruckle, 2014). Annually, an average of 400 Americans dies through justifiable homicide. A good example of the demise by police and citizens are the deaths of U.S police officer, a British teenager, Alex Hollinghurst, and her American boyfriend Brandon Goode in Orlando, Florida (Hollinghurst, 2014).
Despite the US government, lacking a database gathering information related to statistics of police shootings every year, approximately between 500 to 1000 Americans perish in the hands of police officers annually. From 9/11, police officers have killed an average of 5000 Americans, a number that is nearly equivalent to the total number of US soldiers lost in the line of duty within Iraq (Ruckle, 2014). .