Code For Accountability For Renegade Police Officers

3236 Words Nov 17th, 2014 13 Pages
When a man gets robbed on the dark streets of the city he can resist and fight back. When a woman gets raped she can resist and scream for help. When the family home gets burglarized, family can call the police or use other means for protection. But what could a person do, be that man or a woman, if he/she is a victim of crime committed by law enforcement officers? Any resistance will only be met with further escalation of physical and emotional punishment in addition to criminal charges that will surely follow that person in courts. There is no use to cry for help because nobody has the authority to fight police. The channels for accountability for renegade police officers are limited and unfortunately more often then not two thirds of law enforcement officers that do end up being accused of abusing their power and breaking the law get away with a mere slap on the wrist (National Police Misconduct Project). USA Today reported that cases in which police, prison guards and other law enforcement authorities have used excessive force or other tactics to violate victim’s rights have increased by 25% from fiscal years 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years (Johnson). The Internet of today has no shortages of video clips that depict atrocious acts committed by police officers against private citizens. While the issue of police brutality remains a controversial and sensitive subject to many Americans, one thing is certain – government and citizens need to work together and take…
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