Research Paper On Police Brutality

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Have you or anyone you know been harassed by police? For some people, police are looked at as the protectors of our community, but for others they are the real criminals in society. According to Encyclopedia.com police brutality is, “The use of any force exceeding that reasonably necessary to accomplish a lawful police purpose.” The existence of police brutality is becoming more of an issue today. There have been many cases throughout history where citizens are severely injured or murdered by police. Something has to be done to stop police brutality so that police do not forget who they are paid to serve. The problem is police are specifically targeting citizens based on specific race, gender, religious beliefs, class, and sexual orientation. Even though it is most common today, police brutality has been around for years. Police brutality has taken place since police forces were formed. In the early years of policing, acts of brutality were usually toward poor labor workers. The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the Pullman Strike of 1894, the Lawrence textile strike of 1912, the Ludlow massacre of 1914, the Steel strike of 1919, and the Hanapepe massacre of 1924, shows examples of how police beat poor workers. The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, and the U.S. Industrial Revolution all had large acts of police brutality from the 20s to the 60s. Complaints about police brutality are very common in nations where there are no laws about the use of excessive force.

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