Colorado Technical University
September 16, 2013
When looking into this scenario, there is so much that could have been wrong with the way the officers handled the situation. There of course is the natural instinct to want to protect everyone and to do your job, but remembering at the same time that people do have rights is something that cops tend to forget at times. (Reuters, 2013, p. 1)
A lot of factors can come into play when looking at the law suit that was filed for having his civil rights violated. The factors on race, force of the officers, and lack of information could all end up with him winning the trail. The fact that they went after the gentleman solely on his race of what the lady believed looked to him as an Asian male can be an issue. To the officers they were simply going on the description that the person was giving them but to the gentleman they were simply getting him because he was an Asian male. There were no other types of information other than him being Asian. (Reuters, 2013, p. 1)
The force of the officers is another factor that can be looked at while they are looking at whether or not his civil rights were violated. The reason why they would look at the force of the officers is because once the gentleman was on the ground, the first thing they would do is search for the weapon that the lady said she saw the gentleman have. If they did not find the weapon they would have no reason at all to keep the man on the ground. So from there they should have already put him up from the ground and not had him still down. When his wife came into the picture he was not in fact resisting arrest but trying to protect her, due to his and her innocence both. (Reuters, 2013, p. 1)
Another factor would be the lack of information that the officers had to begin with. The only thing that the officers were going off of was that there was an Asian male that went into a store who may or may not have a gun. She also may or may not have...