Judge For Yourself…Too Much Force Or Not…Why Was Force Necessary At All In Cases Like These?
Pointing to Article 9 of the UN’s Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of Jordan, High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed that law enforcement officials were called upon to “not use firearms against persons except in self-defence or defence of others against the imminent threat of death or serious injury.”
UN regulations of the use of force by law enforcement officials says:
Law enforcement officials are required to know and apply international human rights standards. There are several international instruments governing the conduct of such officers, including particular issues such as the use of force they can legitimately exercise. These constitute minimum standards for the use of force.
The international instruments that refer to the conduct of law enforcement officials include the following:
i. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Article 9. “1. Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law. 2. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him. 3. Anyone arrested or detained on a criminal charge shall be brought promptly before a judge (…) and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release. It shall not be the general rule that persons awaiting trial shall be detained in custody, but release may be subject to guarantees to appear for trial, at any other stage of the judicial proceedings, and, should occasion arise, for execution of the judgement. (…)