An Epidemic Of The 21st Century

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John Thompson Prof. Brown Eng 105 8:00 MW 11 Nov. 2015 Police Brutality: An Epidemic of the 21st Century Is police brutality a big deal? Depending on the person, the responses to the question will vary greatly. Many people believe it is becoming an epidemic in or country, but others believe policeman go too far in their everyday endeavors. Although policeman are constantly put in situations that can require excessive force and cause stress, the officers are still required to follow a certain code of conduct. There is a fine line between police protection and police brutality. Police Brutality has become a serious problem in the United States over the last few decades. Gerorge Coppolo, Chief Attorney for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research, summarizes well Connecticut’s procedure on the use of a weapon resulting in civilian death: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution prohibits the use of deadly force to effect an arrest or prevent the escape of a suspect, unless the police officer reasonably believes that the suspect committed or attempted to commit crimes involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury and a warning of the intent to use deadly physical force was given, whenever feasible. (Coppolo 1) Police officers need to be held accountable for everything they do good or bad. We must take advantage of any opportunity we can to make our communities a better place.
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