Racial Profiling And The Police Force

1951 WordsMar 10, 20178 Pages
In modern day society, the police force is meant to safeguard the lives of those they serve, to eliminate crime, to ensure public safety, and to do so in an honorable fashion. They are meant to be respected and trusted by those they potentially "protect." Children often looked at them as modern day superheroes. At some point however, something changed and the neighborhood hero transformed into the villain. What happens when the ones people reach out to in a time of distress become the ones causing the chaos? Who are people to turn to when those they thought would protect them are becoming the antagonist? Over the years, police officers have committed crimes against those for several reasons, but the main one that will be analyzed is…show more content…
There is a life preservation policy that has been ignored more and more lately. Officers are told to do everything possible to refrain from taking life. Unfortunately, however, some decide to take the easy way out. What many people do not know is that other officers are supposed to stop the use of excessive force. In these instances, the officer who is using too much force needs to be turned in to the supervisor to prevent this from being a constant occurrence. Officers are not allowed to choke or strangle, however, videos show some officers doing far worse than that. Things could be handled in a number of different ways such as talking calmly to the civilian, keeping distance, and trying to refrain from being viewed as a threat ("Police Use of Force Project"). Even though there are strict guidelines, some officers still always use force before considering their other options. Twenty-five percent of officers claim to have witnessed their partners harassing a citizen because of their race. And eighty-four percent of officers have admitted to seeing a fellow officer use more force than necessary to stop someone in order to make an arrest. There have been more than 10,000 complaints filed by citizens because of abuse inflicted by the police (Graphs). The fact that these officers admit they have witnessed the mistreatment of a civilian and did nothing just proves how untrustworthy they can be. According to The Reality of Racial Profiling, “it violates the
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