Tamir Rice was a twelve-year-old boy playing in the snow at his local park, making the mistake of waving an air pellet gun at strangers- a mistake that would cost him his life. A bystander made a call to 911, and when the police arrived on the scene, within seconds of exiting the vehicle, Rice was shot. According to an article by the Pittsburgh Tribune, although police have been caught in the act, captured on camera committing a crime, they are not prosecuted 96 percent of the time.
“27 percent of African Americans are killed by the law enforcement” (Cooke 1) most of these are from fatal police shootings. Fatal police shootings have become an epidemic. The majorities of fatal police shootings are justified as homicides or have not been fully investigated. Plenty of cases have been closed due to false accusations. The turning point occurred when Martin Luther King Jr., Rodney King and many more were brutality beaten and or killed by police officers. The government should enforce stricter laws on police officers because these laws will minimize or possibly eliminate senseless killings and police brutality and prevent riots and promote equality.
Why the police are killing blacks? Police Brutality. What’s the point of them of killing innocent black people some don't deserve to die over a speeding ticket or just even maybe the way our skin color look.I intend to prove is stop it, please!the pros of my argument is some police got sent to jail the cons is that the police killed them they are no longer to live on this earth. I chose this argument because the police killed my brother when I was 16 I can't sleep, I can't do stuff I normally used to do without him I just miss him so much he meant so much to me now I only have my daddy. Black lives matter.
When looking at the distinction between yourself and a police officer look at what differences stand between you. Which one of you has more power? As pioneering scholar Jim Fyfe (1988) argues, “The police are the only American public servant authorized routinely to make quick, unilateral, irreversible decisions that are likely to result in the death of other Americans.” As shown in The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, Task Force Report: The Police (Katzenbach et al., 1967) the use of firearms by police in instances to apprehend or arrest subjects is an extremely delicate matter that should be handled with caution. Task Force Report (Katzenbach et al., 1967)) outlines the cases in which deadly force
There are other reasons why polices officers used excessive force and lethal force rather than just their own decisions. As it was anteriority mentioned, the community is not trusting any more in police officers. Surveys in recent years with minority groups – Latinos and African American- suggest that the confidence in police is low. In 2014 this perspective was expanded to all American races across the country. Community gave “low marks to the police departments around the country… for misconduct, using appropriated amount of force, and treating racial and ethnics groups equally” (Wehbey, 2015). In Excessive or Reasonable Force by Police? Research on Law Enforcement and racial Conflict, by Wehbey exposes some of the reasons that police officers
There are many policemen out there right now on the streets doing their job. Either by sweeping around a neighborhood to keep a lookout for suspicious activity or pulling over drunk drivers who’re endangering others. Not all policemen are the same though, many are six feet tall and weigh around two hundred pounds of muscle, and there’re many shorter ones around five feet tall. They not only are all different physically but mentally also. Many officers out there know the rules, regulations, codified laws and do what they’re supposed to do, not what they want to do because of their own intentions. There have been many cases recently involving a police officer shooting a person without a serious reason and many of these times the officers are being released. The officer shooting of a person without the real intent and without a real threat logically means that there is
In today's society the police and other law enforcement agencies that are employed to protect and serve the people of the United States are constantly under fire for their lack of training as well as lack of empathy towards the general public. The media today only seem to care about ratings and public servants doing the opposite of their job description. However the reasons behind their behavior is never rationalized through the most obvious scope. Yes officers in law enforcement encounter different type of people, situations and neighborhoods. These variables are not all the same, however they are similar in outcome. The purpose of this paper is to provide an explanation of why the police behave the way they do.
Police brutality is becoming a continuing problem in the United States, which needs to be solved. The police academies need to teach their candidates better methods on addressing stressful situations. There are many cases where the police have gone too far with the civilians. For example, Of all 1,575 officers involved in reported excessive force complaints, 897 (56.9%) were involved in cases of physical use of force complaints which include fist strikes, throws, chokeholds, baton strikes, and other physical attacks(Packman,1). These numbers need to change.
Police Brutality is one of America's most talked about and highly publicized problems today, that is not only the result of the main cause of Institutional Racism but is also due the lack of accountability that police officers face after the crime of police brutality is committed primarily towards minority groups. In order to identify the causes of police brutality we have to understand what police brutality is, the definition of Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” Law Dictionary: What Is Police Brutality? . Institutional Racism as described by The Oxford dictionary as “Racial discrimination that has become established as normal behaviour
According to The Washington Post police fatal shooting database in 2015, 991 people were fatally shot by the police based on news reports, public records and original reporting. Then, The Washington Post police fatal shooting database in 2016, 963 were fatally shot by police based on news reports, public records and other sources. Now, not all these fatal police shootings were due to excessive force, but that is a high and scary number knowing there was a lot of police shootings that may have been some excessive force cases. The Graham V. Connor is a famous case in 1989 that involved excessive force. “The case involved Graham needed orange juice to forestall a diabetic episode. When the line was too long he ran out of the store to where his friend waited in the car. Officers stopped him, suspecting that he was somehow involved in a crime. It escalated quickly and the officers grabbed him and slammed him into the car hood, then threw him in the back of the police car, breaking his foot, inflicting cuts, bruises and injuring his shoulder” (Pollock, 2016, p.157). This is an example of an excessive force case that was very unnecessary and nothing should not have happened. Yes, police officers are trained to look for suspicious activity and Graham did fit the action that he could have been stealing, but they were wrong about him. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Graham V. Connor case that determines the legality of every law enforcement use-of-force incident. The Rodney King case was another extremely excessive force case. “Rodney King was beaten by L.A.P.D. officers after they put an end to the 8-mile high speed chase. Once surrounded, King and his two friends were ordered to step out of the vehicle and lie face down on the ground. King refused to comply, but eventually got out of the car and resisted an arrest. Once King got physical with some of the
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, we shouldn’t be silent about things that are really important or matter. Police brutality is real and we shouldn’t be quiet about it. Innocent lives are taken and people are injured. Police usually aren’t being convicted or punished for the action they took. Many people around the world deal with this not only the United States of America. This is a major conflict that needs to be solved. The society is being negatively affected by the police brutality.
Sometimes officers are even put in a circumstance where it is beyond their control. January 6, 2015 A man was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers and later revealed to have left behind several suicide notes in his cellphone, including one addressed directly to police. Matthew Hoffman, 32, was shot that Sunday evening after he entered a restricted parking lot at a police station and brandished what appeared to be a handgun. It was later discovered to be airsoft gun that fired small pellets like projectiles. San Francisco police later made public a note titled "Dear Officer(s)" with the granted permission of Hoffman 's father, authorities said in a public statement. In the note, Hoffman, said the officers "ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself." "Please, don 't blame yourself. I used you. I took advantage of you," Hoffman added. Hoffman was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died due to his wounds. None of the officers were not injured. When asked about the case officer Gordon Shyy had this to say, “The air-soft gun did not have a colored tip on it, which is a standard identifier of a toy gun.” He declined to discuss any other details of the case when further questioned. After reading the article in its entirety I can say that this is clearly A
Present-time, many countries have laws which address police brutality as a very serious heinous offense , and the allegations of police brutality are invested gated by commission of district attorneys. Unfortunately, even with investigations within law enforcement , many complaints about police misconduct are not actually being investigated. Researchers suggest most civilian police brutality reports unnoticed as result of police officers having the authority
Police abuse remains one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States. Over the past decade, police have acted out in ways that have made people wonder "are our officers of the law really doing their job?" Unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal choking, and rough treatment have all contributed to the present problem of police brutality in America. Most of these incidents go unreported or unnoticed. Recently the alarming amount of unarmed minorities that have been killed by the police has created an outrage across the U.S. and hatred and distrust towards police.
In the early 1960s numerous inner-city riots occurred within the United States. These riots were triggered by law enforcement officers, the police, murdering multiple citizens. Police use of deadly or lethal force was not publicized until the 1960s following these events. Since the 1960s, any level of force exchanged between police officers and citizens must have probable cause (Scharf & Binder, 1983). Various scholars have attempted to study the use of deadly force amongst officer-citizen interactions. Physical force used by police, specifically deadly force, has negatively impacted society’s views on the criminal justice system. Subsequently, police practitioners have made substantial improvements in their guidelines and police procedures