Police Brutality : A Civil Rights Violation Essay

1469 Words Sep 21st, 2016 6 Pages
In the social work profession, social workers are faced with many issues related to social justice. A mainstream issue that has been gaining national attention over the past years is police brutality. While police brutality has always been an issue, now it is resurfacing in the African American community more than ever. While a social worker is not solely responsible for resolving this issue, it will take cooperation from other government entities to address this issue of police brutality. In reference to a social worker responsibilities, their purpose is to help people overcome some of the life’s most difficult challenges this includes but is not limited to poverty, discrimination, abuse, substance abuse and much more. In this paper, it will address police brutality, the issues the African American community face, why police brutality is an issue, and how the social work profession is connected to this issue.
Police Brutality
According to US legal, police brutality is a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer acts with excessive force; which is using an amount of force with regards to a civilian that is more than necessary (Staff, 2016). Reflecting on this definition of police brutality a key component of the definition is the word “excessive force.” A question civilians often have is what is “excessive force” or how does one determine what is considered “excessive force”? Excessive force does not have a concrete definition (SEGAN, 2016) which raises…

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