Security officers have the mandate of ensuring that they uphold thelaw at any given moment. Because they are in charge of enforcement ofthe law, they are expected to conduct themselves in a law-abidingmanner. However, cases have been reported where the security officershave failed to conduct themselves as expected of them by the law andthe society. Cases of conspiracy and use of deadly force inself-defense or protection of property are on the increase (Nemeth,2011). Conspiracy acts and self-defense will be highlighted.
Gilberto Valle, a former police officer in New York, was convicted inMarch 2013 of conspiring to kidnap (Barnes, 2016). Valle was arrestedhaving been discovered by his wife spending a significant amount oftime in chat rooms planning to abduct, rape, torture and cannibalizewomen. Valle faced life imprisonment for the charge of conspiracy toa maximum five years for accessing the National Crime InformationCenter database without being authorized. Valle’s wife testifiedagainst him and was found guilty of the charges in the year 2013,March.
The selection of the case is based on the fact that there has been arising case of security officers collaborating with criminals toexecute a particular crime. Notably, cases of the conspiracy havebeen on the increase, as security officers seek to gain from thedeed. The case was selected based on its gravity and the impact ithas on the perception the society has on the security agents. Theyare trusted to protect the people but instead some of them do theopposite and opt to commit criminal acts.
Valle was convicted in March 2013 after being found guilty of thecharges (Barnes, 2016). However, Judge Paul Gardephe overturned theconviction in the year 2014. He stated that Valle was only engaged in“fantasy role-play.”
Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense or Protection of Property
The Tennessee vs. Garner case is an example of a case where anofficer was accused of use of deadly force. The case is a descriptionof a situation where two policemen, Leslie Wright and Elton Hymonwere sent to answer to a burglary call (Terrill, 2016). Officer Hymonsaw someone run across the yard and decided to pursue. Edward Garner,the suspect tried to run away, but he was unarmed. Hymon ordered thesuspect to stand, but he opted to climb over the fence. Hymon madethe judgment that supposes Garner managed to jump over the fence hewould be successful in running away. Officer Hymon instead decided toshoot Garner at the head resulting in his demise. Garner’s fatherbrought the suit to the United States District Court for WesternDistrict of Tennessee where Officer Hymon among other defendants wasnamed (Terrill, 2016).
The choice of the case emanates from the fact that cases of use ofexcessive force by the law enforcement agents have been on theincrease. Recently, police shootings have been witnessed as civilianshave found themselves being victims of such acts. Through the same,civilian lives have been lost. The issue is of critical concern sinceit affects the relationship between police officers and thecivilians. It is essential that the security officers make decisionsthat do not put the lives of civilians at risk. Despite thesensitivity of their job, it is critical that they strive to protectlife at any given moment. They should take caution in how theyprotect themselves and property by upholding the need to save lives.
The outcome of the case was that Officer Hymon was found to haveacted within the provisions of the constitution.
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Nemeth, C. (2011). Private security and the law. Elsevier.
Terrill, W. (2016). Deadly Force. Criminology & Public Policy.