When The Police Duty To Protect Fails: Police Brutality Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Criminal Justice Type: Essay Paper: #58076363 Related Topics: Doctrine, Corrections And Police, Police Training, Civil Liability
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Doctrines of Duty Care Failure Protecting Laws on Vehicular Pursuits and Police Brutality

Title 42, Section 1983 of the United States Code, or the federal civil rights statute, officials of the state and local governments may be sued in they violate an individual's constitutional rights, such as the Fourth Amendment (Batterton, 2015; Dean, 1998; Rutledge, 2010). This amendment explicitly protects an individual from unreasonable arrest and seizure. It is often invoked when a police officer makes the unreasonable arrest or seizure. The complainant may take this course of action, imploring the Fifth and 14th amendments due process clause under one of two doctrines, namely the special relationship doctrine and the state-created doctrine (Batterton, Dean, Rutledge).

The Special Relationship Liability Doctrine

Under this doctrine, the state takes control of a person by way of an affirmative duty to protect him (Batterton, 2015; Dean, 1998; Rutledge, 2010). Examples of recipients of this...


Custody over such a person entails responsibility to take reasonable measures to extend appropriate care to him or her and protection from all probable risks. This doctrine is often invoked against correction officials and local police when making arrests or taking custody. If a police officer, for example, arrests a probable violator and takes him inside the patrol car but fails to provide him with a seat belt, the police officer and his agency can be sued if the arrested person incurs injuries in transport. The police officer is required to protect him and thus violates his affirmative duty. It is a violation of due process (Batterton, Dean, Rutledge).

State-Created Danger Liability Doctrine

This is the more commonly invoked doctrine of the two. It may be applicable if a person who is not in police custody but incurs some injury or dies from a hazard or as the result of an act performed by the police officer or the failure to perform a protective act. While the failure to protect a person against private harm does not generally breaches the constitutional guarantee of due process, a violation can occur when the action performed affirmatively puts the person in a situation of danger. In that situation, the police or state action exposes or creates a situation of danger, which he or she would otherwise not confront if it were not for the police or state action. Simply stated, if the police or state…

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Batterton, B.S. (2015). Motor vehicle pursuit liability. Public Agency Training Council.

Retrieved on July 31, 2015 from http://www.patc.com/weeklyarticles/vehicle-pursuit-liability.shtml

Dean, M.A. (1998). The failure of law enforcement to enforce the law. Mdean: Tripod.

Retrieved on July 31, 2015 from http://mcdean.tripod.com/immunity.html
Rutledge, D. (2010). Liability for failure to protect. Police Patrol: Police Magazine. Retrieved on July 31, 2015 from http://www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/articles/2010/06/liability

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