The sociological perspective encourages us to explore societies’ problems from a non-biased perspective. When investigating controversial issues it is quintessential to keep one’s opinion out of the equation. As C. Wright Mills stated in his 1959 essay “The Promise”, “Problems and their solutions don’t just involve individuals; they also have a great deal to do with the social structures in our society” (Leon-Guerrero, 2015). Eliminating personal experiences and self-perception creates an even playing field to determine fact from fiction. Certain problems are considered significant while others are not because problems affecting the upper echelon or social elite are deemed notable in our society. When social problems do not effect the social elite then, social problems tend to written off and deemed insignificant. Many of times in the political realm, politicians are professed as the voice of "The People". "The People" are the majority, unspoken for in most instances, lower middle class down to the poverty stricken citizens that have limited input in social change and are those that are likely to be most affected with social issues. Throughout this last year there has been mass news and social media coverage involving police officer 's use of deadly force in the United …show more content…
Police in a sense have distributive power, with this authority comes accountability. As stated in Klinger’s “Into the Kill Zone” (2004), police make errors, they get scared, they suffer from post-traumatic stress after they shoot people and not all incidents involve death. Conversely, social media anti police brutality organizations have demonstrated the strain among all these different tiers when during a protest numerous black males wore t-shirts with the slogan, Don’t Shoot I’m really a Rich Old White
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.
Evidently, police brutality is running the media lately, this is not so secretive but rather painful to hear. “Michael Brown’s murder represents the tip of a body pile... several videos have emerged of police assaulting people... for reasons justifiable only to the insane.” He alludes to one of the biggest police brutality murder cases in the country and continues by bringing up other brutality cases similar to that; the heroes who need to protect everyone as their legal job, are the ones hurting those in need.
Police brutality has been occurring since the idea of a police officer was first brought up. Officers have found many holes through the law enforcement system. This brings upon many types of misconduct and excessive force. Unfortunately, police officers are not usually held accountable for their brutality. “The Incentive Program, or the method of police chiefs using promises of contraband going to sub-departments that lack the money in the budget, gives officers more incentive to not only plant evidence to make an entire estate contraband, but it also lets them rationalize lining their own pockets” (White).
Nowadays some police officers continue to abuse their authority which makes the community disappointed and confuse whether or not to trust a police officer. Everyone as a community expects for a law enforcement career employee to keep us safe and away from harm. Police officers should not be wasting their time with innocent citizens, if they have to use force on the criminal they must do it in a proper way, and lastly there must be a fair case. On August 9, 2014, and incident was reported in Ferguson, Missouri.
A police officer is an employee of the government who has been given the duty to enforce the law by maintaining order and arresting lawbreakers. If I were to go into law enforcement then I would like to be the Social Agent, since the major duty of the police is to serve and protect the public; hence, I would be willing to combine with other typologies (Patterson, 2014). Actually, it is useful to have these typologies, as it will ensure that the public and the police officers get to understand that police officers can be different but their main aim is to serve the same purpose. The following are the reason why I feel it is good to have the typologies Typologies will enable me to create a good relationship to all people that includes both the
The Justice system has shown a pattern of taking the side of law enforcement. As of today, police brutality, specifically excessive force still remains as one of the most serious human rights violations. From the severe beatings, to the unjustified shootings, and inexcusable aggressive rough treatment all contribute to police officer misconduct. Many officers need to be opened minded about the way they address victims, suspects, and criminals. Yes, they have the upper power, but in any situation everyone is a human being and should be treated as such; the majority of this unacceptable behavior goes unnoticed or unreported.
Why do Law Enforcement Officers Receive so Much Hate? In recent history, it has become significantly more obvious that law enforcement agencies and officers are targeted by a vast amount of the community and media. It seems that everywhere we look, there is a story brewing about police brutality or police inequality. Thanks to the available technology more and more people are pulling out their phones and filming law enforcement officers, on duty, losing their cool and attacking the accused individual during an arrest.
The death toll among these police brutality victims is extremely alarming. Every year police in the United States kill hundreds of people—461 in 2013, according to incomplete FBI statistics based on self-reporting from local law enforcement agencies, and more than 1,000 in 2014 according to Champion, which combs through media reports. The fatal shooting in August of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in an interaction that began over jaywalking propelled the issue of police violence and excessive force into the national news cycle. The police response to subsequent protests similarly propelled the issue of militarized police into the national news cycle (Champion,
The way many American police are exercising their powers on the street is now at crisis point. Many people argue that this is not a new problem and that the only difference between 10 years ago and now, is the fact that we can police the police with cameras. No matter how you dress it up things are getting out of control and this has sparked a backlash from local and global communities and given birth to movements such as black lives matter due to these issues affecting the black community a hugely disproportionate rate when compared to other
As a result, the “BlackLivesMatters” movement has been brought to attention because of all black people that have died due to the actions of police by the mainstream. However, police brutality isn't just a problem for one individual ethnicity. Providing that, police departments are dissolving claims of brutality out of hand, the statistics are from self-reporting, or the issue begins from not following department policy (Small-Jordan, 2015). As a consequence, police brutality in America has reached such a turning point that society has reached an “us against them” attitude with criminals targeting officers and law enforcement. Also, the constant media coverage has impacted society and resulted in the need for reform or laws to minimize police brutality.
Cops around the United States have been accused of racially profiling black people. This topic has been brought up by everyone around the U.S. and is very controversial. Studies have shown that the majority of deaths by police officers have been people of opposite color in America. Police brutality in America is a growing epidemic that has shown no signs of slowing down. Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason.
Police Brutality is an ongoing problem and existent concern in the United States and should be resolved immediately. Law enforcement must function as an element that consists of organized and civilized officers. The presence of police brutality is becoming more of an issue as society grows. The problem posed by the illegal exercise of police power is an ongoing reality for individuals of a disfavored race, class, or sexual orientation. Police brutality must be stopped so that police do not forget who they are serving not themselves, but the public.
“F*** the Police” is a powerful song produced in the late 90’s. The main issue that this song portrays is that African Americans growing up in urban communities are not treated equally by the law enforcement. The members of N.W.A. lived through the harsh life of the ghetto and experienced the struggles that young black males have growing up in the inner city of Compton, California. In the song, N.W.A. sends a deep message out about police brutality and says a lot about the society from where they came from in terms of race, class, norms, values, culture, and social influences. N.W.A was a group that had five members, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Dr.Dre, Mc Ren and Dj Yella.
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. Police corruption can be used in many different ways, but the most common ways are where the police either abuse their contracts as officers to gain power for themselves in the department or for personal gain, like bribery or officers using the evidence taken for themselves. Extortion is also a problem in the system where officers use their power to threaten someone in order to get ownership of property or money. In one case, Enfield officer Matthew Worden was accused of using excessive force, meaning that while the suspects
Authority is the “power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience” (Google, 2015) while the use of force “is the amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject"(COPS, 2015).These two words go hand in hand in accordance with police officers and the law. However, with everything going in the news you would not think that. According the Washington Post “police officers in the United States have shot and killed at least 500 people so far in 2015”,(Lowery, 2015). This topic is important because these lives innocent or not have been killed by the police and nothing has been done to change that.