Imagine there is a huge case going on where a police officer is coming under question on if dealt with a potential suspect in the correct way. Now think about the money being used to provide lawyers, a judge, a jury, etc., to handle the high profile case. Now there is two possible outcomes, there was police misconduct and abuse of power, or the police officer did everything
Because police brutality has increased to such extremes, misconduct has had many impacts on society and the law. Currently, there is great mistrust between citizens and police departments. Just as the King attacking caused riots in the L.A community, the recent brutality reports have caused major issues in cities nationwide. Some of these reports include the 1999, Amadou Diallo case when he came home from work and was shot at 41 times by the police and died. There was also the Eric Garner quandary in 2014 who was choked to death by police.Also, there was the John Crawford accident in 2014 who was on the phone with his mother of his kids when he was shot and killed by police for being suspected as a dangerous shooter. These incidents have led to very damaging riots like the one in Ferguson, Missouri because Michael Brown was shot and killed after bullying a store clerk. A much more recent episode of rioting took place in Baltimore, Maryland after the death of Freddie Gray who was manhandled and not given medical assistance after being brutalized. During one account where an officer attacked a black man, the department stated that it had nothing to do with race but the man feels differently. Across the nation and all over social media many have given their opinions about these issues with the majority saying that the government really needs to step in and help the situation. And that is just what they 've been trying to
Militarization of police is an important modern concern within the criminal justice discipline. Many argue that the formation of special units within the police department has greatly aided in this militarization of police. These special units, including the Bomb Squad and SWAT Team, may contribute to the increased police force across the United States. Proponents of the militarization believe that police should use what they find suitable to protect the community and themselves from danger. However, opponents maintain that the cost to supply units with equipment is extremely high and that by arming police with military weapons breaks police-community relations. In addition, adversaries claim that violence used by the police promotes violence in the community. As a result of escalated brutality, it is critical for police departments to gain the support of citizens to alter their perception of specialized police units. Nevertheless, with increased violence throughout the United States, it is crucial
In this world today, there are many cases of police brutality going on right now. For some cases, police shouldn’t have acted the way that they did. There are multiple reasons for why police brutality occur and must be removed for it to occur less.
Police officers have vowed their life to protect and serve. They risk their lives every day for their communities. As the last few years have sped past us, police officers have been very aggressive with the force they use when arresting a suspect, or even people in general. According to a Texas article on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, “police officers typically use force offensively rather than defensively and do so with at least some degree of premeditation.” (Gross,2013, page 167). Many police officers get off easily because they call it as self-defense, but it’s not. People being brutally beaten or killed, riots breaking out, mourning of neighborhoods, lawsuits against police departments all can be at stake of police officers using excessive force. This is part of the reason our country has been in an uproar. In the last few years’ police brutality has been at an all-time high. Because of it, movements have been started and protests have broken out. As most should know there has been a split in the diversity of the nation because of it.
The issue of having military weapons in the hands of police is that it creates fear among people and a barrier that separates police from the communities. This increase leads to more criminal activity.The 1033 Program was initially created through the National Defense Authorization Act its creation was to allow the U.S department of defense to get rid of its disposable and excess military equipment to the state and federal law enforcement agencies for the use in countering drug crimes at first and become a sense of deterrence to crime itself. Then the purpose of the program was further expanded on after the Congress approved the
The Rodney King Riots was one of the biggest talked about event in U.S history. This riot started when a man named Rodney King was pull over and was severely beaten by several police officers. Someone recorded a video of that incident and it was broadcasted worldwide. This video became a wide spread around Los Angeles and it caused a massive riot in the city that it became very violent. Eventually, the rioting stopped when the army was called in to control the situation. Many years later, there are still several cases of police misconduct happening in America.
The general public thinks of the police officers as crime-fighters, which is a small portion of the police officers daily duty. “Only about one-third of a patrol officer’s activities are devoted to criminal law enforcement” (Walker & Katz, 2013, p. 4). Many other areas of work that the law enforcement officer does consist of social work, maintaining public safety, and solving many problems of the community.
Children look up to police officers as if they are heros, ridding the world of all crimes and bringing harmony to their city. That pure child will soon grow up to learn that these Officers are doing the opposite. Their hatred and destructiveness on innocent citizens has been occurring since the 1800s. This police brutality is not just on any average citizen. Blacks are astronomically affected by the Police force, having them wonder if they are truly protected in this country. America is supposed to be the country of the free and brave, but police brutality has forced Blacks to view the police task negatively. This creates even more tension and division between each party which only increases the prejudice and violence police convey. Police brutality is a
Growing up in since elementary school we were always taught that police officers were placed in the streets to protect and serve. Even in children television shows when in need of help or safety 911 was the number to call. Over the years thanks to the popularity of camera phones gruesome videos of police brutality have wen viral on the internet. Which in turn has forced publications to report on these murders. Looking through the history of mankind it is evident that when one is put in to power it is most likely they will abuse this power, police officers are no different. Statistics have shown that the excessive violence of cops have been targeted mainly on minority groups but especially blacks. Police officers have been abusing their powers
Police brutality remains a common yet controversial topic around the world. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (thelawdictionary.org). It’s a topic that segregates communities and makes each other their enemy. Specifically, a white officer has been the enemy of the black community. Unfortunately, the tension between police and blacks grew over the past few decades. As a result, there is a drastic increase of violent outburst between both sides. For the last years, it was reported that 51.5 percent of black were killed by police officers (ibtimes.com). On the other hand, there have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement and it resulted in 14,453 injuries in 2015 alone (nleomf.org). In the United States, recently, police brutality has been a popular subject all over the news and social media.
Police brutality is a big problem in the United States. Police brutality is a misconduct when police use violence that is not necessary. This includes unjust shootings, which is when whoever was shot did not deserve to be shot because they either did nothing wrong or was complying with orders but was still shot. This is a big problem in the U.S. because it happens all around the states. For example, more than 10,000 complaints of police brutality was filed in Chicago between 2002 and 2014 (Police Brutality Statistics). It shocks me to see that the people that are supposed to be protecting us aren’t, instead hurting us. If we can’t trust our law enforcement to protect us, who will? Another thing that upsets is
The Federal government believes that militarizing the police will make cities safer and will reduce the rate of drug activities and crime. They also believe it will reduce the rate of terrorism. The government also wanted to find productive uses for old military equipment that was no longer needed. The equipment would have otherwise been used for scraps or sold to other nations. The Federal government thinks this is a good deal because some police departments are in need of new gear but cannot get any due to budgeting. Since the old equipment is gone the military will also have more room for new
As time progresses there would be more police brutality victims then officers themselves, with untrained officers this may lead to death.Police brutality is although prejudice what’s the real reason why officers do this act. The only real reason they do this is if the victim is acting up or having a reason for a police officer to do the brutality.People may see it as brutality, but officers may see it as getting the job done. This is a big issue going on in this world debating whether or not if it 's police brutality or getting the job done. There are lots of ways we can fix this, but first we need to clarify if it 's police brutality.Involving with police brutality is cruel and unnecessary in this world.
In this week’s module one content. I learned that there should always be police integrity and community trust. “With police and community trust, there is an honored relationship between citizens and a government agency.” (Community Trust and Police Integrity, p.7-16) Secondly, police officers must be trusted to behave in an ethical way on their own. “When a terrible crime has occurred, the public may demand that the police solve it ‘no matter what they have to do,’ and so there is pressure to use unnecessary force” (Wilson, Police Ethics). Finally, police officers should always have a positive response to a negative incident. “They can learn from incidents of police misconduct and take steps to correct the policies and practices that allow misconduct to occur.” (Walker, Policing the Police).