Minorities in the community have been subjected to violence by law enforcement in the United States for some time. This violence is called police brutality and it is unacceptable. The job of a police officer is to maintain public order, prevent, and detect crime. They are a part of a dangerous and stressful career that can involve risky situations that must be controlled. Sometimes police are put in situations that excessive force is needed.
A police officer or any person for that matter is allowed to use deadly force in the defense of another person. This is not only justified in the public domain, but also, a defense in court. The force used however should not only be reasonable but also necessary given the circumstances at the time. The degree of reasonableness and necessesity is left to the person and public for judgment and hence action befitting the situation. In many instances police officers and citizens alike have been caught on the wrong side of the law and made to justify the amount of force used against another person while defending others or themselves.
Police brutality has been a recent rising topic in today’s society. Black people and other minorities are being killed for no specific reason. The color of their skin automatically seems to make them threatening. By wearing darker clothing, they are often looked as sketchy or suspicious. Police officers who are present in certain situations tend to feel scared or threatened.
Rae 'Neisha Richard 1 February 2018 English 145 Mr. Van Dyck Police Brutality Police Brutality is an American problem more than policing problem. Giving the reality that African Americans have always been viewed as “other” throughout American history, is it really surprising that police officers are more likely to fear and kill African Americans than White Americans? Why is police brutality a factor and what is people doing to stop it? In order to stop Police Brutality they need more training, because it’s beginning to be a serious problem in communities. Because of racism, economy change, and police needing more training.
The problem can be stopped by these three solutions: body cameras, investigation and different race. Police brutality is a big problem for the community. “In recent years, several high-profile incidents of abuse and misconduct by police have sparked widespread debate over the relationship between law enforcement officers and the public” (Police Brutality.) Law enforcement use self defense exoneration and the basic elements to defend their case. The first problem is the wrongful officers are not being convicted
According to the article “Is Racial Or Religious Profiling Ever Justified?”it states “ When officials use profiling, they are indirectly blaming entire communities because a few among them have committed horrible crimes”(Abbas 1). The quotation is illustrating how stereotypes is part of racial profiling because if few people were to do crimes that were illegal, many would think all people are the same. Police departments would think that all people are alike based on the increasing of violence and would blame communities. In addition, In the article “stanford researchers develop new statistical test that shows racial profiling in police traffic stops” it states, “Specifically, the study found that police decided to search black drivers based on a 7 percent certainty that they might be hiding something illegal. If an African American driver looks nervous, for example, police might interpret the nervousness as a sign of possible guilt and insist on a search” ( Andrews 1).
Police brutality is one of the most severe and troubling violation of human rights in the United States of America. The unnecessary force by officers continues, because of overpowering obstructions to accountability. This point makes it probable that officers who violate citizens’ rights are most likely to not face punishment and often leads to replication of their wrongdoings. Some government entities claim that the use of police brutality is a part of self-defense for the law enforcement, most citizens disagree on this research and insist officers are abusing their authority and using excessive force unnecessarily. Police departments should revise and reevaluate safety and cultural training to provide a solution to excessive force.
Brianna Marquez English III - 5th period May 22, 2018 Being bad & getting exposed Police brutality and the system being corrupt has always been an issue in America, but lately it’s been brought up more and more in the media. The system hasn 't always revealed the full truth about stories, but now with technology it has become a concern that the police are covering up things that we should know. Recently there have been more protests and riots about officers not doing their jobs and they are going out of there way to hurt victims. On the other hand, there is that amount of people who believe if the victims really did do something so terribly wrong, they deserve the punishment they receive. This can be a very touchy subject to talk about since there are so many viewpoints on police brutality and corruption, but there are some officers who are getting away with abusing their power.
Attitudes toward the police differ race to race. Over the years, the black population has been viewing the police in a more negative way. The decline of approval is the outcome of repeatedly seeing one’s population being deprived of their rights. Dating back to the Rodney King beating in 1991, a study showed that the public’s view of the police was affected(Lasley). Disapproval was mostly shown among African Americans.
The permeation of racial biases into the law enforcement machinery of the United States of America has had adverse effects on the interactions between the police and racial minorities, leading to the unfair – and often, unconstitutional – treatment of African-Americans by policemen. The need to examine the institutional racism in American law enforcement has become particularly pronounced since the Travyon Martin shooting, which brought to attention the fact that systemic racial prejudices sometimes result in the loss of innocent African-American