Law Enforcement and Accusations of Police Brutality

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Our country is at a crossroads when it comes to law enforcement and community mutual mistrust issues. On one hand you have the community’s mistrust, creating an atmosphere in which the community is not willing to come forward when a crime is committed, to give evidence to law enforcement in order to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime. On the other hand, you have law enforcement that are leery of the community’s unwillingness to get involved in stopping crime in their neighborhoods to the point where it makes it difficult for them to investigate and solve any such crimes. This mutual mistrust creates an atmosphere in which crime can flourish without fear that they can or will be stopped.

At times, when faced with a case where police overreach and their alleged brutality has created an atmosphere in which the community is more than likely to believe, in all cases, that law enforcement is “guilty as charged,” it adds to the narrative that the police are not to be trusted.

If the communities and law enforcement are unwilling or unable to bridge this gap, as we have seen in neighborhoods and communities where crime appears to be unstoppable, this will end up being a boon to criminal elements across the nation. Criminals are being unwittingly assisted by the community’s refusal to assist law enforcement in apprehending perpetrators, and law enforcement is creating the divide that exists in the community by treating all members of the community as part of the criminal element responsible for committing crime in the area.

Bartkiewicz vs. the City of Parma

Most recently a Parma, Ohio man, Mark Bartkiewicz, accused law enforcement of brutality during an arrest at his home as a result of a domestic disturbance call. In this case, Barkiewicz’s son appears to have been the aggressor, who had assaulted his father. Barkiewicz, however, ended up being the person arrested and, according to him, brutally assaulted by the police. Barkiewicz has filed a lawsuit as a result, and claims that the police used unnecessary force during the arrest, and that the arrest itself was unlawful because he had done nothing illegal. The police claim that somewhere in the process of the arrest, Bartkiewicz resisted, thereby sustaining the injuries he is complaining about in his lawsuit.

Mutual Interests vs. Mutual Distrust Issues

The community and law enforcement have a mutual interest in keeping criminal elements away from the community without fear of reprisal. However, the mutual distrust between the community and law enforcement creates an atmosphere in which criminal elements can flourish without fear that they can be stopped. This is where the conundrum exists, getting the community and law enforcement to recognize where they have a mutual interests that needs to be protected.

Crime in the city is a major problem in this century. It will be necessary for the communities and law enforcement to reach an agreement that they will not tolerate murders, rapes and robberies in the cities and will do whatever is necessary to put an end to it. With that said, some crime goes unreported and sometimes those that are accused of a crime because they happen to be in the wrong place and the wrong time are arrested for crime they did not commit. It is at this time you will need an attorney to advise you of your rights, and to protect you from police “overreaching.”

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime you did not commit, you will need an experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel working for you as soon as possible. If you are facing criminal charges in Dayton, please contact the VanNoy Firm online by clicking here, or give us a call at 937-952-5043 or Toll Free.



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Anthony S. VanNoy

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