In today's society, it is not uncommon for police officer misconduct, including brutality, to gain everyone's attention. When one officer shoots and kills a suspect, that officer is investigated in order to ensure there was no intentions to harm anyone but to try and keep the peace. Intentional harm to citizens is considered police brutality and can escalate into something more serious such as riots and protests. The kind of misconduct that some police take when arresting a suspect cannot be taken lightly to prevent any sort of riots or protests such as those after Rodney King as 50 people were killed and hundreds more were injured (Katel). Cases, as well as investigations after accusations, need to be dealt in a serious as
Police misconduct can be described as any inappropriate behavior on the part of any law enforcement officer that is either illegal or immoral or both. Law enforcement agents are should behave to a standard that is greater than the average civilian. Police brutality comes from an abuse of power granted to the police. Police brutality is often drawn on by overreaction in certain situations drawn on by panic. Police using excessive force in the United States is a crucial dilemma and must be stopped.
This book will be useful in talking about different cases that occurred at the beginning of the decade and how these cases started the awareness of police brutality in the 1990s. Adding some different viewpoints that this book provides will
Police brutality is most often affected by race. But if you stay updated with the news, African Americans seem to be the targets. African Americans make up thirteen percent of the world’s population (“Police Killed At Least 223 Black Americans In The Year After Colin Kaepernick’s
The police department of Los Angeles slogan is, “to protect and to serve.” To protect and to serve as in providing safety and assistance. As of November 29, 2015, 1,077 citizens have been killed by a United States’ police. That is equivalent to at least one death every eight hours. Do you feel protected? Are we protected? Police Brutality is not a racial issue, it’s a social issue. Police brutality is a serious social issue occurring in the United States to say that we are united. This is a vital affair that is needed to be addressed to the three branches of government as soon as possible.
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.
The vicious cycle started, when “Paroled felon Rodney King led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles.” King was “Intoxicated and uncooperative.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] Although, being far from innocent, you must agree that a brutal beating during the arrest by LAPD is barbaric. A 98 second video recorded by a bystander show King being beat by police men, using their “batons and kicking him long after he was capable of resistance.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] The arrest was only the tip of the iceberg. After the video was released to the press, it triggered the infamous riot of 1992. The riot began in the middle of town a d lasted three days. Throughout these days, the president “ordered military troops and riot trained federal officers” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] to help control the situation. As hard as they might have tried, “the three days of disorder killed 55 people, injured almost 2,000, [and] led to 7,000 arrest.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] The riots caused “1 billion in property damage, including the burning of nearly 4,000 buildings.” [“1992 Riot in Los
What began as peaceful demonstrations on Sunday night in Ferguson descended into chaos as volleys of gunshots rang out as police in riot gear tried to disperse protesters blocking traffic and smashing storefront windows along a street that was a flashpoint of riots last year after Brown, 18, was shot dead. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called Sunday 's violence "a sad turn of events" carried out by a criminal element and appealed for peaceful rallies on Monday (Ingwerson 1985). . But Nixon, who had deployed the National Guard to quell violence last year, did not make any mention of additional security for those rallies. The county 's order allows it to distribute money and material for emergency purposes "and to protect the health and safety
On July 10, 2015 the Confederate Flag, a symbol of Confederate racism, was lowered. The racist associations with the Confederate Flag still remain today, even after its removal. Directly, the removal of this flag is caused by the nation’s disgust at the actions of one man: Dylann Roof, who entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine African Americans. Although Roof’s actions led to the removal of the flag, the continuous police brutality and the way mainstream culture views African Americans led to Roof’s brutal massacre, which in turn led to the removal of the Confederate Flag.
Police brutality is a strong and still ongoing activity that occurs till this day. It is a worldwide situation that needs to be confronted and handled immediately. There have been thousands of lives lost from unfair police officers; even little children’s lives have been taken away from them. Police officers are supposed to be our heroes and people that make us feel safe, not the enemy and whom majority of the people fear.
Police officer misconduct has been a publicly controversial topic for many years. Many people are familiar with the infamous “Ramparts” division of the LAPD where they committed acts of beatings and extortion and the “Riders” of the Oakland Police Department in their brutality against suspects (Criminal Law, n.d.).These examples are just a few of the problems that have occurred and occurring within our criminal justice system. The examples previously described also provide a connection of one familiar form of police misconduct and that is brutality. Police brutality is just one of the many forms of police misconduct and the types that follow under misconduct include theft/fraud, bribery, sexual misconduct, use of excessive force, domestic
For me there are many reasons to why I think police brutality is apparent in our community. One of the biggest reasons is because police man and woman are scared when they 're in certain situations I think to fix this problem the police departments all around America should start training these police men and women how to be calm cool and collective when it comes to situations like this. Also, looking back at the Michael Brown case I think that the policemen should be fired and I feel the police department should personally apologize to the family and try to help them with any losses and any financial problems they have in the near future because of the death. The Police Department do have reasons for why these events occurred. The police say they were either getting attacked or they felt that they were being disrespected. In the Michael Brown case, Officer Wilson said Michael Brown attacked him and in his defense fired seven shots which in fact killed Michael Brown. Also, in the Sefolosha case the policeman said that Mr. Sefolosha was not respecting him and refusing to do what he asked, also resisting arrest, so he had to use force. though both of these reasons do seem a little far-fetched. What I don 't understand is just because Michael Brown was disagreeing with this police officer and maybe attacked him, that it gave him the right to shoot Michael Brown. Well I don
However, the police force in the United States uses more of a physical way of brutality. Though police brutality has been no new information about the police force, it has however become a very big issue in recent years. For the past few years according to the USA Today article, “The trauma of police brutality”, Americans have watched the news about police brutality very closely, and have seen that each victim of their violence was unarmed or they haven’t even done anything wrong. In the article, they explain about one instance, “Last year, Valdez was pinned to the floor and handcuffed by a police officer in a Houston mall. The officer pressed a taser and pushed a knee into his back. Valdez says he was slammed to the floor simply for questioning the mall's policy on riding hoverboards inside the facility.” Some instances have even connected the police force to racial profiling because most of the victims are of minority races such as blacks, while the police officer who tortures them is of the white race. This has left the citizens of America frightened and unable to trust police officers who are supposed to protect them instead of abusing
Police brutality has been a major problem for many years, especially for those of the minority community. Minorities have been endangered to forcefulness by police for too long. Police brutality has been more relevant in recent years due to certain cases that have proved to be of life-threatening violence, such as the beating of Rodney King. The episode that had happened to Rodney King is a terrible one, but one that perfectly reflects what law enforcement is capable of doing. In order to fully understand police brutality and its probable causes, we have to bring up the case of Rodney King.
Agencies and departments lose credibility for leaving out information, cops lose their jobs and even get put in jail for their actions, and many people lose their lives and loved ones. The effects of police brutality are not only taking over the police, but also the media and the public. More people have been hurt by the authorities; whereas those people should be protected rather than harmed. Everyone believes that all police officers are going to keep them safe from criminals; but many cops have started to act more like criminals in police uniforms. There is no good way to tell which cop will keep you safe and which ones will keep the public