Police Misconduct And The Crime Essay

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In the last decade, publicized events of police violence have exploded. The force that was meant to serve and protect has become one of the most criticized groups in society. With more and more visibility of police misconduct in the news, people have taken up ideological arms against these biased actions. After the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and acquittal of vigilante George Zimmerman for the crime, #BlackLivesMatter became a call to action to stop the dehumanizing violence perpetrated against blacks. In response to this movement, #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter have been cried out. They claim that Black lives aren’t the only ones that should be preserved, instead we should rally around protecting all lives. People hold entirely different views and interpretations of police misconduct.

Purpose This review will analyze literature that explains perception on police misconduct and why certain perceptions and police misconduct itself occurs. I will therefore discuss the racial factors on both sides of police encounters: that of the citizen and the officer, as suggested by research. This review will also try to identify the gaps in the field of work and analyze studies’ methods of data collection. It will also explore how media forms and perpetuates perceptions.

Categories of Police Misconduct
Firstly, police misconduct is separated into four categories: verbal abuse, excessive force, unwarranted stops, and corruption (Weitzer, Tuch 2004).
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