Do you know the Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, including the use of excessive force by law enforcement agents? There are certain things police in the Twin Cities may and may not do when they've pulled you over in traffic, knocked on your front door, or approached you in some official capacity. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights protects all citizens in Minnesota (and throughout the nation) from government overreach and abuse. Even if a police officer suspects you of a crime, he or she must work within the limitations of the Fourth Amendment and other Constitutional provisions during investigation, arrest, and detainment.
If you follow local or national media, you may have heard stories about how police officers have engaged in inappropriate conduct. This may happen in Minnesota or elsewhere and might include physical force. In some cases, this force may end up being deadly and an everyday citizen is killed. Just what can be considered police brutality and what is considered acceptable in the course of an officer doing his or her duty?
Across the country, more and more stories seem to be emerging about the inappropriate use of force by police officers. In Minnesota, residents see, hear and read such reports and it is understandable that they may be concerned about this. Certainly officers can face challenging situations but all citizens still do deserve to be treated fairly even in the face of tough moments.
Minnesota residents have watched with their counterparts around the country as case after case of police misconduct comes to light. It can be understanding for people to begin to wonder just what can be done to keep people safe from those who are supposedly tasked with doing so. Whether a matter of race, economics or other factors, unfair and even deadly treatment of people by police is an ongoing problem.
It might sound cliche to say that watching the news these days can be depressing. News stories run over and over showing violence, disparity among members of the community and misconduct by the government employees whom Twin Cities residents should be able to trust the most.