A crime is considered as any behavior that breaks a law, or the norms defined by the government that citizens must follow. It is an unfortunate part of society that will always happen, no matter how hard we try to change that. Crimes against minorities occur more frequently than most people would like to believe and the prevalence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is more than ever. In fact, the LGBT community is more likely to be targeted for a hate crime than any other minority. There is an abundance of reasons why these crimes are committed and many sociologists have come up multiple theories to explain such actions.
Racial profiling is a very important issue that individuals in society face every day. This problem occurs in low income or poverty-stricken areas throughout cities and communities across the nation. Hundreds of anecdotal testimonials allege that law enforcement officials at all levels of government are infringing upon the constitutional rights and civil liberties of racial and ethnic minorities through a practice called “racial profiling” (Ward, 2002). So what is racial profiling? According to the National Institute of Justice, racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (National Institute of Justice, 2013).
In today’s chaotic world, police brutality is becoming more of an issue as society grows. Police brutality is an ongoing concern of the United States as many innocent lives have been taken due to the corrupt police system. Law enforcement must function as well as an element that consists of organized and civilized officers. Police brutality is one of the most serious, enduring, and divisive human rights violations in the United States. This is a problem that is nationwide, and it usually affects individuals of a disfavored race, class, or sexual orientation.
Sociological theories suggest that a lack of equal opportunities, neighborhood disarray, and the social environment is the leading cause for crime causation (Hall, n.d.). The sociological theory has a larger impact on the poor and disproportioned. According to the sociological theory crime is due to the environment an individual is subjected too. This is especially true in communities where the crime rate is high. In communities that are inundated with gangs, violence, drugs and murder, juveniles are more likely associate with gangs and violence if it is always visible within their community.
These reports chronicled frequent kidnappings, protection rackets, gruesome murders, blatant sexual violence and harassment, extortion schemes, general rise in anxiety and fear among the population, and rampant police and government corruption. Therefore, capitalism and its overpowering influence in the organization of life has been a fundamental cause in the commodification of
The gang problem is not only a problem in Las Vegas, but it is all over the world. Gang violence is a problem in every major United States city including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) has implicated many programs to fight the increasing gang issue across the valley, from bringing back the gang unit to having more police officers patrol the known gang spots. These programs were implicated to stop the criminal gangs that are looking to build their territory in Nevada. The three criminal gangs that are mainly affiliated with Nevada are the Gersons’, the Crips, and the Playboys.
Police Brutality Police brutality has become a too often occurring event in the United States. The rampant act of police brutality, often killing, is a direct violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments. Breaking and all but destroying the relationship between police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve. Minorities and the poor are often the victims of a modern militarized zero tolerance police force of modern times. More recent times has seen the media as being a main source of the infringement on rights upon these communities terrorized by police tactics.
Poverty’s effects on crime can be explained through a variety of reasons. There is a higher rate of mental illness among the poor than the rich. Poverty can lead to high levels of stress, which in turn drive individuals to commit theft, robbery or other violent acts. Moreover, poverty may lead to actual or perceived inferior education. Youth with less access to quality schools, jobs, and role models and opportunities end up spending time on the streets associating with gangs.
For an impoverished individual making only $1500 a month, the financial obstacles to fighting a winnable court case make conviction nearly inevitable. To contribute to the financial advantage the rich have, the wealthy generally commit more white collar crimes than street crimes, which are treated as lesser in the overall criminal justice system. Street crimes are far more visible than white collar crimes and those charged with street crimes are more likely to face justice than those charged with white collar crimes (Martinez, 2014).
The abuse done by officers in this country is one of the best examples of serious and disruptive human rights violations. The damages continue nationwide in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the nation, devoted by various law enforcement personnel including city and state police, sheriff's departments, and federal agents. Police have been involved in unfair shootings, severe poundings, lethal chokings, and pointless rough conduct. While the quantity of repeatedly abusive officers on any force is usually small accountable experts including law enforcement supervisors, as well as local and federal government control often fail to act definitively to restrain or punish such acts. Police brutality is a performance of wrongdoing done by an affiliate
For example, police brutality, The events are all over media and the news and has been around since back in the early 60’s. Police brutality is very common now and frankly we the people know when an incident of police brutality is a hate crime or if the person actually did something to deserve the false attacks. “Throughout world history, governments have violated and ignored the human and civil rights of their citizens” (Lugo). The cases of police brutality have made a major negative impact on America and have caused widespread effects on society such as riots. These riots are the outcome of the incidents which have greatly taken a toll on today’s society.
The Ku Klux Klan membership by 2005 neo-Nazi groups had fallen on hard times, with many groups collapsing or fragmenting. This collapse has helped create a rise of racist skinhead activity, but has also provided new opportunities for Klan groups. The Klan has a fairly high association with criminal activity, ranging from hate crimes to acts of domestic terrorism. The often conduct mass mailings, leafleting and the use of the internet to either gain members or spread hate. In the recent years the KKK was more violent than they ae now.
Domestic violence is not just within the NFL; it is all over the place. It is a nationwide epidemic that may seem to surpass as if the situations do not exist. Common questions are asked and thoughts begin to wander once you become a victim or you are concerned about a victim. Domestic violence is an audacious and vicious crime. It doesn’t just effect a victim physically, but very much so mentally and
Many people’s perception of the police is that they are corrupt. In Kevin Grant’s Article Ethic and Law Enforcement, Grant states, “it also constitutes one of the most significant obstacles to positive police-public relations in today’s society.” Recently displayed in the media has been the corruption or appearance of corruption of police departments all over the country. Grant’s list, which includes, acceptance of gratuities, association with known criminals without a supervisor’s knowledge or consent, disclosing confidential information to unauthorized persons, disclosing information about ongoing investigations, falsifying documents, sexual or ethnic harassment of citizens, co-workers, or subordinates, and failure to protect and follow
Even in today’s society, people who are committing vicious crimes, killing their family members, friends, or strangers that belonged to a certain class are now being caught. In this modern period, technology has advanced, which makes it harder for criminals to get away with crimes. Also, inequality is being exposed, because people are fighting for equality in the justice