Causes Of Police Brutality

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Benjamin Spock, a best selling American pediatrician, once said, “Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.” Police brutality is defined as the use of excessive or unnecessary force by police when dealing with a civilian. People in power abusing their ability to take advantage of citizens has always been a problem. In U.S. history, this abuse of power has mainly been directed towards minorities, and to this day still exists. In an effort to solve this issue, we must examine its complications and the best way to approach them. First of all, it is important to figure out why police officers abuse their power in the first place. The reasons for this mainly pertain to the security …show more content…
“Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population” (http://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/). It is hard to determine exactly the reason for this disparity, due to the fact that most likely the majority of our criminal justice members are not racist, although it does sometimes seem that way. One theory as to the disproportionate amount of minorities that are incarcerated are the laws themselves. A trend that has been noticed along a large number of cities is the criminalization of various activities. What this results in is more opportunity for a cop to stop a citizen and the chances of an incident occurring increase. Solutions for this occurrence tend to correlate to the establishment of regulations and documentations for police officers. For instance an authority will be required to have more of a reason to inspect someone despite their physical identity, and to document and record any incidents or people they decide to engage themselves

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