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Coercion is where one individual forces another individual to do something against their will with the use of threats, force, or intimidation. This can include physical harm or psychological intimidation, or can even become more extreme with the use of torture. What the threatening individual asks of the other individual can also vary, as they can be coercing the victim for money, for favours, for cooperation, obedience, and so on. Coercion is defined as a crime in criminal law, and should be taken very seriously.

Can the Police be Charged with Coercion?

– When the police are interrogating a suspect, for whatever the reason may be, it can be easy to think that the police may be committing coercion is they put pressure on the person they are asking the questions. However, usually, the police will not be charged with coercion, since they are authorized to put pressure on a suspect for answers. However, the police may not use pressure by means of threatening or using pain, physical violence, not giving the suspect food or water, or inflicting harm or pain on a family member. In that case, yes, the police could very well be charged with coercion, but instances of that are extremely rare.

• Physical Coercion

-Physical coercion is without a doubt the most common form of coercion there is. Physical coercion can either be the use of physical violence against the victim, or it can be the threatening of violence against the victim. The violence does also not have to be committed against the victim, as it can also be committed against the victim’s property or a family member or friend. Examples of physical coercion include threatening to use or actually using a knife on the victim, putting a gun to their head, or destroying pieces of the victim’s property as the coercer verbally intimidates them into granting what they want.

• Psychological Coercion

– Psychological coercion isn’t as commonly used as physical coercion, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not effective. Psychological coercion is an example of where the coercer will use mind tricks to intimidate, threaten, or actually use on the victim. For instance, they may blackmail the victim, may make them emotionally vulnerable with feelings of guilt or sorrow so that the victim gives them what they want, or can display their anger against the victim without actually using physical violence.