Police Brutality Essay

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Police Brutality

James Regas December 15, 1996


Thesis: But, because some officers use these extreme measures when it is not needed, police brutality should be addressed.

I. Police Brutality A. Racism as a cause

II. Police Brutality is not a problem A. Quotes from authorities B. Statistics of Declining Brutality

III. Stopping Police Brutality A. Police Stopping themselves B. Public Stopping Police

IV. Conclusion A. Reword Thesis

Police work is dangerous. Sometimes police put in situations that excessive force is needed. But, because some officers use
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Executive Director of Police Misconduct Lawyers Referral Service Karol Heppe commented, "Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles," she says. "The difference this time is someone videotaped it (C.C. 36).

Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg, Ohio. A group of offices named themselves "S.N.A.T." squad. This acronym stood for "Special Nigger Arrest Team" and they made it a point to harass African Americans whenever.

"The number of people killed by police has gone down from the middle 1970's to the middle 1980's in major cities," says Patrick V. Murphy, former head of police commissions in Detroit, New York, and Washington, D.C. (C.C. 17).

Also, in Kansas City, Missouri, a police department there has 1,110 officers. Amazingly, the only received approximately 108 complaints from the public about those 1,100 officers.

Adding to the belief that police brutality isn't a very big problem, most legal authorities and officials agree that the use of excessive force by police officers is going down. In fact, they say that they see brutality declining from twenty years ago (C.C. 57).

Police brutality is defined as involving the unnecessary and unjustified use of force be that either physical or verbal. Gerald Williams, president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) commented, "Let me assure you we are committed to a professional level of policing with an emphasis on

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