Threats of Terror and the Use of Force

Threatsof Terror and the Use of Force

Threatsof Terror and the Use of Force

Althoughthe high rate of increase in the threats of terror is a security riskthat affects all people, there is a need for the U.S. laws toreconsider the way the use of force is viewed. This is because thelaw enforcers have been shown to abuse the authority to use unlimitedforce when addressing serious crimes. Many law enforcers have beenkilling civilians and justifying their actions on the grounds ofself-defense or the attempts to prevent the occurrence of seriouscrimes (O’Mara, 2014). This happens because the act that the lawenforcers are given the authority to use force while civilian aredenied such authority creates an imbalance of power between the lawenforcers and civilians. This implies that the U.S. laws shouldprovide sufficient guidelines regarding the amount of force thatshould be applied in different categories of crime to ensure that theforce is not misused.

Levelsix (deadly force) would be the most appropriate continuum of forceto use when confronting a terror suspect located in a crowded place.At this level, deadly force is justified as long as the law enforcershave a probable cause to convince them that the suspect poses seriousthreats to the life of the law enforcers as well as the lives of thecivilians in that place (Whisenand, 2011). Therefore, it is evidentthat a terror suspect in a crowded place endangers the lives of thelaw enforcers and the people occupying that place. The suspect shouldbe handed with maximum force that will guarantee the safety of otherpeople. However, there must be sufficient reasons to believe that acrime suspect is a significant threat to the lives of other people.In conclusion, the use of force is necessary to ensure the safety ofcivilians, but it has to be regulated by law to avoid its misuse bythe law enforcers.


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