Media Discrimination Of Police Brutality

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Police brutality is a very sensitive and controversial topic of discussion in the United States. Police brutality occurs when an officer uses excessive or unnecessary force when dealing with other people. Police have been under a microscope recently to make sure that their actions are necessary and appropriate for the situation that they are in due to the fact that there has been widespread media coverage of police brutality. This media coverage has allowed people to examine how police officers go about their business and determine whether or not they think that the police officer’s actions are just. Police brutality has been the cause for protest and the formation of movements such as “Black Lives Matter”. It is not the first time that there …show more content…
London had the first modern police force which came into place in 1829. London took a looser approach when it came to policing rather than have total authority. Boston was the first city to implement a police force by putting one in place in the year 1838. The police force in the United States differed from the one London because the force was more democratic and politicized in culture. This shows that the United States took a different approach to what the London police force was doing. The force in the United States also “routinely used violence, rather than formal arrests, to resolve low-level conflicts”. By definition, this type of approach would prove to be police brutality because the police was using violence to try and solve the conflict rather than rationalize and deescalate the situation. As time, has passed, there have been changes to how the police operate. In the late 1960s, police departments in the United States were becoming more militarized as they began using more technology and weapons of higher caliber. The standard lethal …show more content…
There were different ways that the police could use excessive force and one of them was by beating the person that they were questioning. In 1936 there were two African American men, in New York, who were forced to confess to a murder after being beaten by the police. It is absurd to think that the police would beat two men to make them confess to a murder which they did not commit. The two men, however, were proven not guilty after the trial because they said that they confessed because they were being beaten. The judge would go on to say that “this case illustrates the foolishness of police brutality”. This shows that police brutality can take place when they don’t have any proof that you committed a crime and could beat you until you gave a fake confession just to make the beating stop. A place that has be known for how its police uses force is Los Angeles, California. The LAPD has dealt with many complaints when it comes to its officers and how they conduct themselves out in the field. The Commission has found that “of approximately 1,800 officers against whom an allegation of excessive force or improper tactics was made from 1986 to 1990, more than 1,400 had only one or two allegations”. While one or two allegations may seem to be okay because they could just be accusations without any proof, “183 officers had 4 or more allegations, 44 had 6 or more allegations, 16 had 8 or more,

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