Persuasive Essay On Police Brutality

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“Hands up, don’t shoot.” A popular phrase among the African-American community about law enforcement officers. Regarding the incidents of police officers misusing their authority in several cities and states. Incidents which involved police officers to use extreme or deadly force against people, resulting in a debate and discussion about those incidents. More specifically, about members of the African-American community. Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri, was an unarmed black teenager that was killed by a police officer in August of 2014. This shooting became the attention nationwide along with more law enforcement incidents. In cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, Staten Island, N.Y., etc. have had police questioned but …show more content…
People who claim such brutality come from criminals giving inaccurate accusations who are trying to manipulate the justice system. Michael Barth, a police chief in New Jersey, stated in the Central Record newspaper that their police departments will thoroughly investigate every misconduct reported against the police and will be sure to uncover the truth. Along with, all of those whom are involved will be properly held accountable. Supporters also argue that forceful actions made by police officers could easily be preventable, simply by listening and agree to their orders. A Los Angeles police officer in the name of Sunil Dutta, mentioned in the Washington Post that if you do not want to “get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don 't argue with me, don 't call me names, don 't tell me that I can 't stop you, don 't say I 'm a racist pig, don 't threaten that you 'll sue me and take away my badge.” As well as that most stops are only for a few minutes, it should not be so difficult to cooperate in that short amount of time. The idea of a civilian review board has been brought up, several police departments do not agree with this idea and that it would only obstruct the police work. Some also argue that this creation will be ineffective and that it could be a step in the wrong direction. Supporters of the police enforcements, oppose …show more content…
The death of Freddie Gray, a victim of police brutality, set off riots and protests. The reason is because it showed the reality of the harassments African-Americans face every day and how the actions of police were not held accountable. Author D. Walkins wrote in the New York Times shortly after Gray’s death that, it was not only Freddie. Walkins grew up in Baltimore and that he himself, and many others knew stories of a similar situation. He said, ”To us, the Baltimore Police Department is a group of terrorists, funded by our tax dollars, who beat on people in our community daily, almost never having to explain or pay for their actions." The disrespect of the African-American community is far too common and the cause of it is because of the police. Roxane Gay, a contributor from the New York Times wrote this year, “Law enforcement, militarized and indifferent to black lives, is the problem...a justice system that rarely prosecutes or convicts police officers who kill innocent people in the line of duty is the problem. That this happens so often that resignation or apathy are reasonable responses is the problem." As well as, police officers views African-Americans more as criminals than they do humans. Opponents have also argued that there have been too many stories of black men being killed in the hands of the police

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