Police Brutality And The Great Railroad Strike Of 1912

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When one thinks of a cop. What should come to mind is “hero.” But nowadays cops are seen as people you want to stay away from. In the past, they were publicly displayed as heroes on television shows and parents, as well as children, knew the names of the officers patrolling their neighborhoods. However, times have certainly changed because police departments have increased the size of their force and tactics have switched and have become less about protect and serve, and more of a militaristic approach. Police officers have abused their power for too long because they have access to so many different types of weapons and there’s been so many cases involving police brutality that it needs to come to an end and they need to be held accountable for what they’ve done. Police brutality has had a long history in the United States. Large scale incidents of brutality were associated with labor strikes, such as The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, The Pullman Strike of 1894, The Lawrence Textile’s Strike of 1912, The Ludlow Massacre of 1914 where one hundred and forty six men were gun down by the National Guard, The Steel Strike of 1919, and The Hanapepe Massacre of 1924, where the police brutally beat striking laborers (Police Brutality). Next came Prohibition, The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, and The Nixon Administration, which all had large scale acts of police brutality. However, it didn’t stop there. Police brutality is still very much a problem in our country. In
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