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Old 02-01-2018, 02:55 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Here in my home nation the United States, police brutality is one of the major issues at the moment. Police officers are employees of the government and it is their job to ensure safety to its cities citizens. Citizens scared or not trusting of their cities police force is very bad for a society in my opinion.... Police are the people you call when you are in trouble and in the United States many African-Americans will often times act extra cautious around police officers and will sometimes avoid them at all costs.

No i am not here to say all Police officers in America are horrible, many of them are great people and i appreciate their work however statistics on police brutality in this nation show we have some issues...

The nation of Iceland had 1 fatal police shooting in its nations history; Stockton, California had 3 in the first 5 months of 2015.

The first 24 days of 2015 the U.S had 59 fatal police shootings, England had 55 fatal police shootings in the last 24 years.

Please share how things are handled in your nation, i hear many police departments around the world don't carry guns on their person, they keep a gun in the trunk of their car and need approval from their supervisor to use it.

How is the relationship between police and the people in your country?

Thank you in advanced for any input, this is for my own educational purposes and ideas how to look into making this country a better place for all people.
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:20 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The first 24 days of 2015 the U.S had 59 fatal police shootings, England had 55 fatal police shootings in the last 24 years.
However, there are about 1,300 homicides committed every month in the U.S. by non-police. Your statistic has to be understood in that context.

The U.S. has a lot more brutal criminals killing each other than England does.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Three thousand suspected drug dealers were shot and killed by the Philippine police. There was an outcry, and the president promised he's not going to do that anymore.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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Three thousand suspected drug dealers were shot and killed by the Philippine police. There was an outcry, and the president promised he's not going to do that anymore.
How are Duterte's policies viewed in the Philippines? Do many people support his crackdown or is there major opposition?
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Old 02-02-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Police are held in extremely high regard in Finland, and they've deserved it. The police force are well educated, uncorrupted and professional. And because cops have this reputation, they try their best to uphold that, because otherwise their work would be more difficult.
The police have sidearms and every patrol a support weapon (SMG, assault rifle or shotgun) in the car, but they rare use them. Last year the cops shot two persons, which was unheard of. On average they shoot 10 bullets a year.

But as in everything, there is a dark underbelly. If the police gets sued for police brutality, any possible CCTV tapes will usually mysteriously "disappear", and I know for a fact that they will give false testimony under oath to cover for their partner or co-worker. But luckily these cases are few. The Finnish cops are quite eager to wrestle with you if you get annoying and uncooperative, but rarely use more force than necessary.

The cases which involves deadly force are always investigated and due to the rarity get much media attention and thus heavily scrutinised. But if you're drunk and accuse a cop for being heavy-handed with you and sue, good luck. He/she will be acquitted.
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: 59N
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Most cops are unarmed here, but they can hit us with their batons.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Here in Canada allegations of police brutality are usually swept under the rug.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Not great. There are some sketchy stories about police brutality (see Genoa 2001 for reference) but compared to France we're probably quite a good deal better, also because the police is much less scary here.

Any group of people carrying guns and having so much power over anyone else is likely to mess up things at some point. In a way, it is inevitable. It is a very hard work, and not everyone should do it.
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Here in Canada allegations of police brutality are usually swept under the rug.
This is an interesting article.

https://news.vice.com/article/its-im...cops-in-canada
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Old 02-02-2018, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Seems that in countries where the law enforcement is highly regarded also tend to have a higher tendency to wipe wrongdoings under the mat.

That being said, I'd rather encounter a RCMP any day than an US cop or French Gendarme.
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