Police officers have a vast amount of discretionary authority that is used in their daily duties protecting citizens and communities. At times, police officers find themselves in situations where a quick decision to save lives or their own lives can violate the rights of individuals, no matter if they are criminals. Police brutality is an issue that has provided headlines and riots with communities demanding for justice by sentencing police officers harshly because of the discretionary authority that they abuse.
Do you agree that for police action to be just, it must recognize the rights of individuals while at the same time hold them accountable to the social obligations defined by law? Support your position.
Have the courts provided adequate protection to citizens against overzealous police officers? In which areas of search and seizure and interrogation law do you think the courts have not gone far enough? In which areas do you think the courts have gone too far? Support your answers.