Police Brutality Of The United States

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Police brutality against minorities across the United States has become a huge topic of interest. There are multiple events where interactions with minorities have had a horrible outcome. Police brutality is defined as the use of excessive force against a civilian and has caught the attention of many in the past few decades. This paper will argue that law enforcement officers disproportionally target minorities as criminal suspects. Racial profiling takes place due to law enforcement officers already having a bias from the composition of minorities that have been charged, convicted and incarcerated. The rate of minorities being brutally abused or ending up dead after interacting with law enforcement officers, leads me to believe that officers have a bias towards minorities based on their bad encounters. Does the race of an individual contribute to police brutality?
History of Brutality Race relation transformation of Americans during the twentieth century was due to police brutality and the reactions to the use of excessive force (Adler 2010). Chaney and Robertson (2014) state that “Even when the slaves were legally freed, their individual, familial, and communal status in society remained extremely tenuous”. Over the past five centuries, black people have endured violence in many different ways. In fact, “police brutality covers the full range of police practices. The most common of these practices include—the use of profane and abusive language, commands to
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