Why Do We Need Police Brutality?

It seems like every month there is a new story covered in the news regarding police using inhumane force when handling a situation with a young black male. According to CNN, the most common form of police misconduct in today’s society is excessive force. There are so many ethical cops out there that do their jobs correctly and have never used violent force unless necessary. However, there are those few cops that use excessive force to get the job done. Those are the cops that we need to stop. Police brutality is becoming more prevalent and is causing a racial divide in society. By incorporating body cameras, having more oversight of police by civilians, ensuring better training, and incorporating a zero tolerance policy against officers, we …show more content…
Cops have not always been seen as an enemy to the public. It was not until 1991, involving a young African American named Rodney King, who was beaten by an officer after a high speed chase, when citizens began to attack law enforcement. The negative relationship between the two causes others to act out and run from police. The most recent incident was in 2014, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot six times and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson which stirred up a lot of emotions. These instances, where people are shot multiple times for running away, is one of the main reasons why there is mistrust in today’s society. There are thousands of good cops out there in the world but shooting an unarmed man six times causes uncertainty in the people’s eyes. President Obama has spoken out and said that “In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement.” (Swarts, 2015) In order to build the community and policing relationship, we need to campaign for establishment of civilian review boards. These boards consist of citizens that are outside of police departments. The main purpose for civilian review boards is so they can provide separate assessments of specific instances where police use abuse. We need to take a step back …show more content…
Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during police encounters than whites. The only reason law enforcements should be using deadly force is if they believe it is immediately necessary to stop the suspect. Second, the officer must tie what they believe to whether or not the suspect has committed a felony, is using a deadly weapon, or may endanger life or inflict serious injury. Police have been known to be more respectful in white neighborhoods than in poorer ones. By enforcing a zero tolerance policy against officer who are biased police brutality can be stopped. If a police officer is accused of misconduct, by anyone, it is important to investigate what had exactly happened. In one incident, a young black male was driving five times over the legal alcohol level. Later, Johnson, the young man, accused police of punching him and using violent force. So, Mellinger, the sheriff, handed over the investigation to the Indiana State police, completely removing his own department from the matter, thus heading off the potential claims of pro-police bias or partiality. There are too many occasions where police go unpunished for their violent acts and it needs to be stopped. Police officers are human beings, they make mistakes and sometimes might even commit a criminal act. However, when that happens they should be held accountable for what they have done. Officer Wilson who shot Mr.

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