Marshall Lewis Mrs. Gallos English 3 March 20, 2018 Police Brutality I have done my research on police brutality. Even though there is not enough being done, Police brutality should be more heavily enforced against because cases of brutality are way too common. Police brutality has become a growing problem all over the country but it is not just in America, it can be found worldwide.The biggest problem with police brutality is that too many officers are getting away with extreme violence with very little if any reprimandations. There are some steps being taken to combat the problem but not enough is being done to make a large impact. Some problems with the way officers are assigned their patrol areas are that they are assigned to place
It’s a proven fact that police officers in the USA spend a great deal more time in firearm training when becoming a police officer than many other countries. Another fact that goes hand-in-hand with the previous one is that those same countries find themselves with substantially fewer police shootings and lower crime rates than the USA. One of the main causes behind police brutality is arrogance and whether they’ll admit it or not, it’s painfully obvious that there are many police officers in action today that see themselves as individuals that stand above the rules and moral standards of society simply because they have a badge and a
People question the use of authority by police officers. The officers involved in the deaths of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Furguson, Missouri and the death of Eric Garner by chokehold are two types of incidents that sparked the thought of abuse of power by police officers. People might have only seen the skin color and overlooked what violation was made beforehand. “One of the most common interactions between the police and civilians on a daily basis is the traffic stop” says katv.com. Law enforcement agencies provide extensive training and take precautions to prevent police officers from abusing their power and carrying out their jobs the way they are supposed to using correct procedures.
Recently within the United States, actions of police officers and others within law enforcement have been put as the face of headlines and news stories everywhere. There have been multitudes of videos streaming social media of officers killing unarmed innocents, as well as throwing children in classrooms for not obeying the rules. With many people unaware of what is legally acceptable, all citizens really can do is question; is the brutal force being used really necessary or are they harming people because they are capable of doing so without consequences thanks to their badge? Police enforcement has been taking advantage of their power and authority as long as they have been around, although with actions now being seen and publicized more than ever before, people are beginning to want these assaulters and murders put away. Police officers are capable of getting away with killing, and abusing innocent people because of accusations they put among those.
As such, the public should have more sway in the decision making process for proper punishment for the officers in question. Furthermore, the details of the investigation should be made public so that the law enforcement agency employing the offender cannot pull punches in regards to their punishment. In effect this would lower the chances of negative police deviance as there would be no room for making a horrendous decision that affects the life of another individual. This is not to mention the fact that such a public disgrace goes beyond the slap on the wrist that the agency usually attempts to use. It would single out the offender and keep the agencies public face intact as opposed to giving every officer a bad name as a result of a few bad
Reducing Police Corruption In 1990, Metz, suggested several ways which can encourage reduce officers misconduct for example, a. Provide a written code of ethics-these are polices written to guide the police to make ethical choices when situations arise. b. Provide training in law enforcement ethics- these trainings would help the police officers what is expected of them. Malloy in 1982, suggested that a salary increment for the police officers would encourage them to stop taking bribes, also suggested that unenforceable laws to be eliminated, this would help the police officers not to feel too much pressure in enforcing them.
Thinking about police corruption, there are so many commonalities between actual corruption and predetermining factors of the cause. What I mean is, the levels of PTSD, depression, and hyper-aggression is all indicative to corruption. There are no statistics as of this publishing that quantify that statement. However, think about the correlation. The next few chapters will dive into causes of corruption, through a disabling viewpoint, and focus on theories that are comparative to police corruption.
The problem of police brutality is rooted in the police system, along with the police officers themselves. Some police officers are not able to adequately perform the duties of their job, because of pre-existing prejudice or psychological factors. However, all of the blame cannot be put on the police officers, the police system is not set up to prevent officers from committing offenses, it can be argued that it can be the reason they are committed. One cause of the problem of police brutality is the police officers themselves. Some police officers have been known to put their prejudice in front of their responsibility to protect and serve.
Police brutality is a form of police misconduct which involves undue violence by police members. The fear that is the root of police brutality is built from racial bias and discrimination in the targeting and killing of unarmed Black people. The most fearful realization of it all is the failure to hold police
Police corruption, also known as misconduct possesses the ability to damage not only a department’s image, but the image of law enforcement officers nationwide. Additionally, the accusation or suspected police corruption can cause public mistrust, distrust among fellow officers, and violations of both human and constitutional rights. There is not one specific form of misconduct or corruption. Misconduct and corruption can be seen in the form of accepting bribes in exchange for a law enforcement officers silence or agreement to forgo reporting the local, state, or federal law violation. For example, former Atlanta police officer Elton Augustin was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to accept bribes and lying to FBI agents.