An abuse consists of making use of a resource or treating a person improperly, incorrectly, inadmissibly, illicitly or illegally. The authority, for its part, is the power, sovereignty, command or influence of whoever exercises the government.
In this way, we can say that the abuse of authority takes place when a leader or a superior takes advantage of his position and his attributions in front of someone who is located in a situation of dependency or subordination.
A form of abuse of authority occurs when the person who accedes to a position or a function takes advantage of the power that is granted to him for his own benefit, and not to correctly carry out his obligations.
The security forces, for their part, commit abuse of authority when they rely on violence and make excessive use of their powers. An example of this type of situation appears when the police arrest someone without justification and do not allow the person affected to express himself or defend himself.
In the face of abuse of authority, complaints are often made by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are dedicated to defending human rights.
For criminal law, the abuse of authority is that carried out by a subject who has been invested with public powers and who, while developing his management, complies with actions contrary to the obligations imposed by law, generating moral or material damage to third parties.
Unfortunately, the idea of abuse of authority is associated with the police, physical violence, and corruption by the government, and, as if this point of view were not narrow enough and removed from reality, the mistreatment of animals.
This phenomenon, which is the unfortunate basis of relationship between human beings and the rest of nature, takes place in the family itself, in school, by the supposed loved ones, and towards the animals, from the moment in which they are forced to work, stripping them of their freedom and condemning them to a servile life.
Violence in prisons is condemned, but no one is alarmed when parents impose their beliefs and their will on their children, psychologically torturing them if they do not choose the path that they have prepared for them. Homosexuality is considered unnatural, but it is seen with favor that a horse, the species that in its natural habitat is synonymous with a wild spirit, lives doing heavy tasks and spends its “free time” in a space delimited by man.
And it is not necessary to go to the field to find this type of suppression of the rights of other living beings. Dogs are man’s best friends (but also women’s, regardless of their sexual orientation) and their presence in urban landscapes can be taken for granted. They are the most faithful, noble and loving beings one can imagine. They allow their tutors, who call themselves masters, to decide for them, both what to eat and what time to go for a walk. His love is unconditional; even when they are forced to perform demonstrations of obedience in front of others as if they were robots, or when they are physically assaulted to release the frustration of not achieving happiness.
Is it that these situations are imperceptible? Or is it rather that the human being only worries when a situation poses a threat to himself? An insult, an offensive phrase, a tease can be the beginning of an abusive relationship, based on humiliation and mental manipulation. This happens daily, always, in schools, in offices, in family homes. You don’t need a firearm, or a political office, or money, or physical violence; however, it is the most common form that abuse of authority takes. Unfortunately, this perverse system articulates our lives, sometimes favoring us, sometimes becoming victims who manifest in a plaza.