Essay About Police Brutality

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“Let me be clear- No one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions” (Villaraigosa). No one should get away with breaking any laws, even if it 's the men and women that are enforcing them. This has been an issue for quite awhile now. Police officers have been breaking laws and getting away with it for decades. Laws such as assault, and disorderly conduct. The police officers break them by police brutality (deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities with the population) and using their power beyond what they should be doing. They have hurt and injured and or killed people from excessive force. Although body …show more content…
Back then it was recorded pretty often with the bludgeoning of civilians by law enforcers, the biggest recorded cases of police brutality were when a strike was in place. For example, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Steel Strike of 1919. People around the community refer to the police officers as “oppressors” (Oppression is is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner). The most common groups of people that usually fall victim to police brutality are the more powerless groups such as minorities, the poor, the disabled, and the young. There are many things people consider police brutality, such as anywhere in between calling a citizen by his or her first name or being killed by a police officer 's bullet, but there is a more common way we define police brutality which is a citizen being beaten while in handcuffed. One of the most notorious cases of police brutality is the Rodney King case in March 1991. The Los Angeles Police Department had harshly beat an African American male named Rodney King while handcuffed while a white civilian had recorded the incident. The video tape blew up and the media and news had covered it for some time. That is when the infamous Los Angeles riots of 1992 had started. 2 of the 4 police officers involved had gotten 32 months in jail. This was and still is a very huge …show more content…
Without police body cameras, police officers have committed many many cases of police brutality and got away with it for many many decades. Yet there is a simple solution such as a BWC. Now a days if the police officers are not recording their confrontations with everyone, than more than likely someone else is. There are many examples of why police body cameras are very important for so many reasons and the most important one and the biggest issue is accountability, for the police officer and the civilian in said situation (McClatchy). An infamous case of police brutality that happened not so long ago was the Michael Brown case. It was said that Brown had attacked the police officer and so the police officer had shot him, but others say that he was shot for no reason. We will never know what truly happened but there is something that could have, A Body Worn Camera. We would have known if the police officer or Michael Brown was in the wrong. This is just one of many many more cases that are just like this and most still go unsolved because there is no hard evidence of what really happened and the police officer gets away with it every time with no punishment besides paid administrative leave. To prove my point even further, “For example, after the police department in Rialto, California began a pilot

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