WTVM 5/23/14 Editorial: Police officer accused of using excessive force

WTVM 5/23/14 Editorial: Police officer accused of using excessive force

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Police officers responding to domestic disputes never know what awaits them on the other side of the door.

A recent call to Phenix City police left a woman injured from what she says was excessive force by an officer.

There are still too many unanswered questions to decipher what really happened in that case.

The Phenix City Police Chief says a thorough investigation will take place and that this complaint, like any other, is being taken seriously.

But it's also important to remember that when police respond to any domestic incident, they have just moments to try to deescalate it.

Citizens need to realize that they have a responsibility to cooperate with the police if they really want their help to resolve a difficult family dynamic. Citizens have the right to expect the police to protect their rights.

But the time and place to sort out the actual dispute should come later, in the courts if necessary.

Our police officers face the most physical danger in some of the most routine incidents according to the International Association of Police Chiefs.

Domestic calls can be a majority of those routine assignments. That's why police officers need our citizens to stay calm, listen to the officers and do what they need to, to comply.

That's just as important as it is for officers to respect the citizens they serve especially when emotions are running high.

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