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View Poll Results: Should suspects of non violent crime under arrest be handcuffed
YES 12 100.00%
NO 0 0%
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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One of the worst images on tv is of people under arrest who are handcuffed in almost every case.

Many of them have their charges dismissed,many others are acquited in court.

However,handcuffing hurts...

My opinion is that only people charged with violent crimes should be hancuffed.

Violent crime is

DUI,theft,burglary,assault,rape,kidnapping,robbery ,murder etc...

If the crime does not have the element of violence,the suspect should not be handcuffed.

It is irreversibly embarrasing...

Your opinion & vote ?
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Might be for the safety of those around...how many people arrested for "non violent" wind up being wanted for something more serious, and if they're not handcuffed, could bolt, or worse, hurt someone around them in an effort to escape.

Not to mention, some people get downright irate if they're in trouble with the cops...even if it's not serious, in which case the cop would have his hands full.

I think the handcuffs should stay.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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If you are arrested, you should be handcuffed. How is the cop going to know if you are violent or not? Maybe you are being arrested for shoplifting but perhaps a month ago you were released from prison on an assault and battery charge.
The other added benefit of handcuffing is that I would imagine it does hurt, and it would be extremely embarassing. Maybe that works as a crime deterrent for some people.

Bottom line, don't break the law and you won't have to worry about it.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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I understand your point, but I think that they should be in cuffs for the safety of everyone. I think it's a fair question to raise about whether or not this should be broadcast on tv, although it is public record.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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Yes ,but...so many falsely charged,or their charges dismissed,or acquited...

Today,u can be sued by anybody & end up handcuffed...
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:13 PM
 
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Yes ,but...so many falsely charged,or their charges dismissed,or acquited...

Today,u can be sued by anybody & end up handcuffed...
True, but the officer that responds does not know that. They also don't know how the person will react to being arrested.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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Many officer are assulted by the people that do nno-violent crimes. We are having enough trouble getting people to be police officers as is;why put them at further risk.Heck;you can't even have a celebration of a football championship without it turning violent. I the end peole can not be trusted to use common sense.The courts are full of non-vioent offenders being charged with violence on police during the arrest.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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I believe that the arresting officer should be aware of the charges against the suspect...
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I definitely agree with the sentiment that anybody charged with a crime should be handcuffed for everyone's saftey. You never know who'll turn violent as soon as they realize that they're being arrested.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I support the handcuffing of any suspect

As others have mentioned, at the time of the initial arrest, the officer may not know if there any outstanding warrents out there for the suspect - many suspects give false names / idenities when arrested.

Handcuffing is for the safety of the officer and the suspect. Some suspects, even those being arrested for the minor of infractions, have been know to go absolutely beserk - and have hurt themselves, the officer and bystanders.
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