Essay on Police Vigilantism

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Subject Area:Criminology

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The force ranges from giving an order or threatened use of violence. The use of the force is however questionable. The police vigilantism is accused of the diversity of transgressions. Their misconduct can be good or bad. For instance, when the reasons are bad, then it is police brutality. However, when reasons are good then it is desired to protect the society, thus vigilantes. The paper will discuss the inspirations and situations which lead to the police vigilantism and how the public responds this. The police vigilantism breaks the law in their effort to punish the alleged criminals with the perceptions of what constitutes the deviant to the legal system (Jauregui, 2015). However, when the vigilant police fail to attempt on arresting and prosecuting the criminals energetically, then they risk the negative publicity either local or broader community. It is surprising that even the states with well trained and armed police forces most of the crimes go scot-free (Jauregui, 2015). The crime is hardly testified to the authorities with the reported leading to the conviction of the offender. When the distinct cases are taken to the broader notice, the prevailing and general impression are relatively uncommon. When the vigilante incidents happen, they tend to attract intense media attention (Jauregui, 2015). The attention to those incidents comprises the critical scrutiny of the past and current actions of the police in the zone and forceful examination of the police in response to vigilantism (Jauregui, 2015). The most mutual reaction to lawbreaking is the fury which the victim experiences to the culprit and wish that they should be castigated.

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Despite the regularity of anger as the retort to the crime, vengeance against the offenders by the victims seems to be relative (Jauregui, 2015). When such cases occur, the revenge is usually carried by the friends or family member rather than the sufferers themselves. The majority of the vigilante incidents happens unrecorded by the authorities. In India, the police vigilantism has become been routinised in practice and discourse. The vigilantism comes in several ways which are commonly called encounter killings (Cooper & Owen, 2015). The way the vigilant police handles the encounter killings in India is sanctified and vilified to bring the paradox which remains undertheorized. This condition is shaped by the generalized corruption, insecurity, and lack of accountability by the state to end the crime Haas et al, 2014). The war waged by the police vigilantes is the spiritual and moral rather than just terrorism and criminality (Haas et al, 2014).

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The war is waged at individual and national levels where it is fought by the specific types of soldiers who are conceived to have polluted souls when fighting for purity. It is widely regarded as the self-sacrifice in the name of the justice and truth. Vigilant police claim they rarely plan because at sometimes the encounters by the criminals are never planned for. It is ironic when somebody speaks of police vigilantism which is known for the action of violation to formal boundaries which are established by the social-political to protect any form of subversion Sundar, 2010). The police vigilantism violates the generally professed norms for police conduct. There have been critics on the tendency of the unwelcome actions by the law implementation people into overall notion like police brutality Sundar, 2010). The critics implies liability and the liability implies need for cure.

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The master narrative of the ordinary violence of law in all places and times barks up the wrong tree (Belur, 2010). In line with calls for an empirically based comparative analysis of vigilantism as shifting concept that articulates to ever changing social realities which must focus on particular processes of justification and work to better understand the production legality and legitimacy of state violence as the function of the construction of moral order, duty and justice. The incidents of the killings which occur during the encounters are not adequately investigated by the government's office or independent bodies to ascertain its genuineness (Belur, 2010). For instance, some governments require thorough investigation by the independent agency and case registration by the police before the encounter is determined (Belur, 2010). This will ensure there exist no police brutality as well as prevent the extrajudicial killings by the police.

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However, the police need to do thorough investigations before carrying out counter-killing. This should be as well be accompanied by authority from the independent agencies. This will reduce the extrajudicial killings of the innocent people by the police which they end up covering. The police should also follow the laws in the process of arresting the suspects. For instance, police have been staging the encounter killings whereby they shoot unarmed or secretly detain and kill suspects. com/doi/full/10. needAccess=true https://journals. sagepub. com/doi/abs/10. X09360140 References Belur, J. de Keijser, J. W. Bruinsma, G. J. Public support for vigilantism, confidence in the police and police responsiveness.

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