Police Brutality Of The United States

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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. Nowadays, it is not unusual to see police brutality on the news. Everyday we hear about the innocent people being choked, tear gassed, or out right shot to death by the police. There are many well known incidents circulating the media. In July 2014 the death of Eric Garner was very well publicized. Eric, who was in a “chokehold” by an officer, sparked outrage. A month later in Missouri, the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer started protests, and last but certainly not least Rodney King was nearly beaten to death in 1991. What do all these men have in common? All of these men are innocent
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