Civil Liberties And The Civil Rights Essay
Most countries have police forces to enforce laws and ensure that public peace is kept. In a democratic system of government, the police role is to keep public order without violating a citizen’s civil or human rights. This not necessarily correct even in a democratic country the police do not always uphold civil liberties and do violate human rights.
Citizens should never have a reason to doubt the police force, because of respect for the badge and the officer. When a person sees the police the response is supposed to be one of admiration and respect. Should an incident of police brutality occur the “blue wall” of silences protects the police. This unwritten code can cause police officers not to report on another officer’s error, misconduct, and or crime when questioned about an incident involving another colleague during a course of an inquiry.
In this 21century the police have become the aggressors and not the protectors. They often shoot first and ask questions later. This is most relevant in the African American community where recent tragedies involving police officers killing, beating, and assaulting unarmed African Americans. These actions have attracted a great deal of public attention – both to the events themselves and to what many perceive as an epidemic of police brutality. It seems to have swept over the United States, and appears that police brutality is aimed primarily at people of color. Portions of the population may perceive the…