Police Brutality And Abuse Of Power Essay examples

815 Words Nov 25th, 2015 4 Pages
While police brutality, abuse of power, racial profiling and targeting the poor are arguments against the Broken Window Theory, they are not necessarily caused by it. The police have certain rules of engagement when dealing with suspects that they must follow, however, this is often mistaken for police brutality and abuse of power. The media hype over stories of people like Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and Michael Brown cause stories to be told from a biased and largely anti-police point of view (Gainor). There’s proof that using Broken Windows policing keeps communities safer by getting dangerous criminals off the streets by arresting them for small crimes when the police do not yet have enough evidence to arrest them for more major crimes. A lot of urban minority parents want Broken Windows policing because it helps protect their children from gangs, violence and drugs. In the 1980’s, the crack epidemic overtook poor, African American communities. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine that is significantly purer (75-100% pure) and stronger than powder cocaine (“What is Crack Cocaine”). Crack became popular in poor, urban black communities because it was highly profitable, easy to produce, cheap, easy to use and caused an intense and immediate high (“Crack Cocaine: A Short History”). The crack epidemic caused a surge in violence in the black community; between 1984 and 1994, weapons arrests increased by 25% and the homicide rate among black males from 14-24 went up…

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