Influence And Impacts Of Police Brutality

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Throughout history in the United States, there have been excessive incidents of outlandish police brutality accounts. Due to these tragic events, social and political leaders take the responsibility to address the public, which ultimately influence and shift the mindsets of individuals regarding their beliefs among law enforcement. Misconduct of any police force can cause serious complication and problems that only lead to unwanted hardship and tragedy. Police brutality is a major concern in many parts of the United States that began in the late 1860’s, however, the term was never identified or used until the late 1870’s. Since then, incidents still continue to occur and receive greater attention as they heighten in numbers. From these police …show more content…
Cole), are musicians that wrote music reflecting a time of a police brutality incident that provided the same influential message as professional speakers did. Individuals of all types such as artists, rappers, political and social leaders, take the responsibility to reach out to the public and address their different beliefs, in different manners, to ultimately impact other’s mindsets on controversial issues. Police brutality has been an ongoing concern throughout the United States that has dated back to as early as the 18th century. The term “police brutality” meaning, the deliberate use of excessive and unnecessary force by the police against civilians (as qtd. in thelawdictionary), was not in use until the reported beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station in 1872. Police misconduct has been an ever enduring dilemma in America 's history that unfortunately causes death, strikes, and rioting. Nearing the end of the 1800’s, the Great Railroad Strike, or more commonly known as the Great Upheaval, took place on July 14, 1877 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The strikes began in response to the cutting of wages by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O). The striking workers would not allow any train to pass until the wage cut was …show more content…
Once federal troops were set in Pennsylvania, “they mounted an assault on the strikers located in the heart of the city that caused the deaths of many individuals” (EU News). Throughout the entirety of the strike, President Hayes continued to send troops city to city, suppressing the strikes and killing the strikers spirits. The reactions that the strikers exhibited ultimately show how American views of law enforcement have changed. The Great Upheaval was the first incident that paved the way of which Americans began to hold their own beliefs towards law enforcement. Though, as the years progress, police brutality cases increasingly worsened. In the later half of the 19th century, bigger companies began to become more involved as money became involved. In 1914, an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company against 1,200 striking coal miners fueled a major dispute and created an ever lasting impact both on conditions at the Colorado mines as well as the labor relations nationally. The massacre was a culmination of a horrific and bloody strike widespread in Colorado mines, which resulted in

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