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Police Use Of Force Essay

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On February 10, 2013, at approximately 1100 hours the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of a suspicious male subject, later identified as 21-year-old Anthony Bartley attempting to break into homes and vehicles in the North Hampton subdivision. Witnesses also reported Anthony was jumping on top of vehicles in the area and was acting extremely peculiar as if he was intoxicated or possibly under the influence of drugs. 40-year-old Deputy Wilfred Quick of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area and began searching for the suspect. Deputy Quick made contact with Anthony on Amagansett Drive and began conducting a field interview regarding the attempted break-ins. While Deputy Quick conducted the field interview Anthony attacked him. After a short struggle Deputy Quick attempted to deploy his TASER in order to gain control of the suspect, however the TASER had no effect on Anthony who ...view middle of the document...

Unlike the general public officers are trained to make these split decision and understand the consequences these what those consequences may Intel. Deputy Quick was twice the age of Anthony and my research indicates half the size. Anthony was also presumably under the influence of an unknown substance and was acting irrational before Deputy Quick ever made contact with him. When Deputy Quick made contact with Anthony he used the tools he had available to him to preform his job, something all well trained peace officers are familiar with, the Use of Force Continuum. When Deputy Quick first made contact with Anthony Deputy Quick began speaking to him regarding the incidents that were taking place in the area, and the concerns of the residents that lived there. Anthony chooses to escalate the situation by getting into a physical confrontation with Deputy Quick. Deputy Quick attempts to protect himself and control Anthony by physical force but is ultimately out powered by Anthony. Once overpowered Deputy Quick responds by deploying his TASER. When Deputy Quick’s TASER has no effect of Anthony Deputy Quick is forced to draw his service weapon and fire three rounds. Unfortunately Anthony died as a result; Deputy Quick only sustained minor injuries. Critics and the news media criticized the decisions of Deputy Quick biased on the fact that Anthony was unarmed and the assumption Anthony was innocent of the allegations made against him. Critics and the news media went so far as to start digging into Deputy Quick’s personnel files and his work history with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office in order to place some type of blame on Deputy Quick for doing exactly what he was trained, then hired to do. Granted there are bad apples in the bunch, but it is unfortunate that society in general cannot accept that the job of a peace officer is inherently dangerous, stressful, and real. These types of incidents occur everyday and it is a product of individuals making bad decisions forcing the peace officers to have to make split decisions in order to protect themselves and the very society that wants to criticize them.

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