Police brutality is one of the most serious and divisive human rights violations in the United States and it occurs in every community. The job of a police officer is to maintain public order, prevent, and detect crime. They are engaged in a dangerous and stressful occupation that can involve violent situations that must be controlled. In many of these confrontations with the public it may become necessary for the police to administer force to take control of a situation. Sometimes this force takes the form of hand to hand combat with a suspect who resists being arrested. Not all police officers in communities are good cops. At least once a year the news is covering a story about a person
It feels as if nothing has changed about police brutality over the years. The usual cycle is that juries acquit the police, cops get their jobs back, and brutality happens again. One of the most broadcasted cases of police brutality, was the beating of Rodney King. On the night of March 2, 1991, a bystander named George Holiday, videotaped the moment when five officers used excess force on an African American man named Rodney King, beating him with batons as he struggled on the ground. Also, it was recorded that an officer stomped on King’s shoulder causing his head to hit hard against the asphalt. Holiday sent the videotape to a local TV station and soon sent shock waves around the world, catapulting police brutality and race relations in the United States to center stage. Most viewers who watched the tape revealed the brutal and senseless beating of a hopeless drunk. After debating for seven days over the fate of the officers, on April 29, 1992, the clerk announced the final verdict, the five officers were not guilty.
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Over the past several years, and especially now in the past two years, innocent black men are being killed every day by police officers. More often than not, see news headlines of more and more black lives being taken. Innocent lives being taken by officers who serve little to no justice. Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile are only just a few names on the long and growing list of the black victims of police brutality. Police officers should be held more accountable in cases against police brutality so the list of innocent black lives doesn’t keep growing.
There has always been a common assumption from the police and society that minorities, primarily African Americans, are associated with criminal activity, in turn causing police brutality today. When the news report shows a police officer hitting a black man who was suspected of a crime, there are many people quick to point out police officers as racists. Usually, the police officers would say something along the lines of, “He attacked first and would not comply,” or “I thought he had a gun.” Now in some scenarios, this may be true as the suspect might have tried to fight back but most of the time, it is not. Many police officers in these cases try to make up lies to get out being known as a racist. Thankfully, there are many witnesses and
"... the legal test for excessive force... is whether the officer reasonably believed that such force was necessary to accomplish a legitimate police purpose..." (qtd. in U.S. Department of Justice). This is the legal test for excessive force as quoted from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, the majority do not accept this test or any others as the legitimate test for excessive force.
Some horrific cases have happened throughout the years. Brining these cases to the public’s attention will help show how much of a problem police brutality really is. Police brutality is the use of force that is exceeding the necessary amount of force (“Police Brutality,” n.d.). In 2011, a 37 year old mentally ill homeless man was laying on the ground when police were kicking and punching him eventually leading to his death (Akkoc, 2018). In 2014, Eric Garner an African American male was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes when he was wrestled to the ground by a New York police officer who had him in a banned chokehold technique (Akkoc, 2018). Eric Garner told him, “I can’t breathe (Akkoc, 2018, Sec. 5)” multiple times, but the officer
Did you know that Police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially also in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer? Despite major improvements in police practices (since 1981) reports of alleged police misconduct and abuse continue to spread through the nation. Police Brutality still goes on around the world today with improvements of enforcing police brutality in police departments. There have been several shocking incidents in the United States and the rest of the world which left the public in shook. The public has many different views of the police, but the police are out to serve the public in a professional way twenty four
What is your stance regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem? I feel it is disrespectful, and believe players could get their message across in a different and more honorary way. They have a right to express their opinions on racial injustice and police brutality, however police brutality is a topic that is currently being discussed and people should form their own opinions about it. I believe the NFL players have achieved their goal of sparking the conversation. But they need to learn that once the conversation has started they can end their kneeling and let people talk about the topic. While it may have been a way to quickly shine light on the issue I still believe the players should not disrespect the flag and country (regardless
Police brutality is the use of excessive force when dealing with civilians. Police abuse is one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States. It has been around for decades, which leads us to the thought “Are they keeping us safe from danger or are they the danger?” There are many cases of police using excessive force. Unjustified shootings, severe beatings, tasings, and rough treatment have all contributed to the problem of police brutality in America. According to “MINTpress News”, seven hundred and seventy-six people were killed by the police in 2015. One hundred and sixty-one of the people were unarmed at the time of their death. The leading causes of police brutality are minorities being unfairly targeted, excessive force, police being increasingly militarized, and many departments not providing adequate training in nonviolent solutions.
Those of the minority community have been subjected, for many decades, to violence by those in law enforcement in the United States. This type of violence is a direct depiction of police brutality, which often leads to death. Police brutality has been an issue for many years, and it remains a major concern for those of the minority community. Over the past five centuries, black people have endured violence in many different ways. Today, police officers use deadly, excessive force that leads to inexcusable assaults, beatings and shootings.This demonstrates the government’s role in initiating and prolonging racial suppression and provides the explanation for police brutality to become a federal crime. In history, racist
The issue of police brutality in America has produced a series of moments where the individual motives and individual protests take a front seat in our conscious, but there is a lack of awareness of this crippling embodiment of fear among people all over the nation. We can no longer afford to buy into the misconception that these instances of civil disorder and un-readiness are about discrete cases. Nor is it merely about their detailed nature as prescribed by the law. The system of justice, in and of itself, is under intense examination. The ethnic devices are produced speak to the fact that our nation’s current system is currently under questioning. America as a whole is under an intense phase of cross-examination. We are in a new period
In the news, there are many discussions on the topics of police brutality, police officers not being indicted, police retraining, and protests for justice of an alleged innocent person killed by the police. According to The Washington Post, “So far this year, police have shot and killed more than 900 people.” Admiration then starts to swirl in your head and you ask yourself “how many of those 900 people killed were innocent.” This is why many anti-brutality activists and law enforcement leaders are pushing for police officers to be retrained. They are implementing a plan of action for change in the policing business. Police officers need to be effectively retrained and grasp the proper skills such as verbal communication to being a good police officer.
In our society today police brutality is a huge issue. Periodically in the news there are stories of police and their wrongful doing, and nine times out of ten they will get away with it. The government puts most of the money into jails, if they put more money into our educational system, particularly to the schools in low income communities. Then there would be less dropouts, gang activity etc. When hiring police officers, background checks should be thorough. Pay for officers should be higher.
Police misconduct is the process of committing a crime and/or not following police department policy guidelines and regulations in the course of one’s officer duties. Many believe that police misconduct is in cases few and far apart, and because of the Civil Rights Movement of 1964, there is no reason to question officer’s racial bias. Some argue that excessive police force is justified, or that the murder of unarmed black men is okay because of their “questionable characters.” Other individuals may also argue that police brutality is just a “fact of life” and an “occasional slip-up” without a solution, or even a need for one. Police brutality is a real, persistent problem in the United States. Each year thousands of innocent people, specifically