Arguments For Police Brutality

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As recent incidents of police brutality toward minority groups plague our nation, especially that of African Americans, the question asked by many is such deadly force necessary, and what other actions could have led to a better outcome? Although our primary thought is to blame police officers for death, we must realize that sometimes deadly action is unavoidable, and anyone put in a similar situation would act the same way. According to the U.S Supreme Court in the 1985 case, Tennessee vs Garner, police force can only be used when “[the] suspect is a significant threat to the officer or others.” Later, in the case of Graham vs. Connor, the Supreme Court ruled that “officers who use force must be judged on the totality of circumstances and a standard of objective reasonableness. Force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight;” however, this does not excuse police brutality, and officers must face penalties for taking someone’s life. Cases such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice illustrate when force was unreasonable, and police need to be punished for their actions and be held accountable for violence against citizens. Although clearly outlined for what would be a just reason for needed force, various cases that involved police brutality can be blamed on tactics that relate to “broken windows” and a need for different policies and methods. To begin with, numerous incidents of police
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