Controversy On Police Brutality

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The definition of police brutality according to Wikipedia is, the deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities with the population. This type of behavior also includes verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by a police officer. Over the years, police brutality has increased a great deal in the African American community. According to usatoday.com, the Justice Department finds that cases in which police, prison guards and other law enforcement authorities have used excessive force or other tactics to violate victims ' civil rights have increased 25% (281 vs. 224) from fiscal years 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years. I found this statistic in an article written seven years ago, …show more content…
Per the Denver Post, more than three out of five African Americans say they or a family member have personal experience being treated unfairly by police, and that their race is the reason. The very first time that I heard about police brutality was when the police attacked Rodney King in Los Angeles California. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was caught by the Los Angeles police after a high-speed pursuit. After King was caught, the officers pulled him out of the car and beat him brutally, while an amateur cameraman by the name of George Holliday caught it all on camera. The four L.A.P.D. officers involved were eventually indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and also excessive use of force by a police officer. Sadly after a three-month trial, the predominantly white jury acquitted the officers, which inflamed supporting citizens and sparked the violent 1992 Los Angeles riots. Honestly when I initially heard this story, I honestly didn’t think much of it because it didn’t affect me. I felt extremely sorry for what Rodney King, and his family experienced. Although, some people may feel that he deserved to be assaulted after the high speed chase I don’t, I still think the police’s actions were inexcusable, and immoral. The ironic thing is, years later I had no idea that the Rodney King beating would have a completely different effect on my view of …show more content…
The year was 2003, it was around the 4th of July, and my brother was 24 years old. While he, and a friend were walking home they were pursued by the police. My brother and his friend who both wearing red shirts and blue shorts, took off running because they were in fear. Four police officers then apprehended my brother and started to beat him vigorously. He required surgery, and stitches all a case of mistaken identity. The cops were indicted, but they charges were mysteriously dropped for lack of evidence. All my brother wanted was an apology from the officers for being racially profiled, however that didn’t happen either. This event alone was enough to give me no hope for law enforcement, or the justice system because of the lack of

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