Police Brutality Is An Intentional Act Of Undue Force

916 Words Aug 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Police brutality is an intentional act of undue force that a law enforcement officer uses to control a situation. This act violates the human rights of civilians and thus is unlawful behavior that exceeds the officer’s governmental power.
Danilina (n.d.) stated:
The most obvious form of police brutality is a physical form. Police officers can use nerve gas, batons, pepper spray, and guns in order to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians. Police brutality can also take the form of false arrests, verbal abuse, psychological intimidation, sexual abuse, police corruption, racial profiling, political repression and the improper use of Tasers.
It is without a doubt that law enforcement officers in this country perform difficult jobs within their communities for the sake of maintaining peace and order. However, my interest for this issue derives from the current state of affairs regarding policing in America in addition to first hand accounts, where law enforcement officers abuse their privileges. As an adolescent, I helplessly watched a law enforcement officer sexually assault my aunt as she wept and pled out of fear. His rationale for the repulsive mistreatment was that his punishment was fitting rather than getting Child Protective Services (CPS) involved for leaving as a result of her leaving underage children in a vehicle improperly supervised. Nonetheless, I was fifteen at the time yet still deemed unfit to monitor her children and even after reporting…
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