Police Brutality And Its Effect On Society Essay

1091 Words Jun 1st, 2016 5 Pages
What ever happened to ‘Protect and Serve? We are supposed to trust the police to protect us, not to bring harm to us, or use their power to take advantage of us. In today’s society, the opposite of what we have implored them to do is occurring more and more. Police Brutality has become a major problem in the United States. A fine line determines the difference between excessive force and brutality. Americans of any race and gender can become victims of police brutality. It is no surprise African Americans continue to be involved in more police brutality cases.
Police brutality can be defined as the deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities with the population. It is often drawn on by an overreaction in certain situations caused by panic (Police). The types of crime typically committed in a society and the methods used by criminals play a great part in determining a police force’s activities. For instance, if criminals use guns, the police are likely to be armed (Police). Often police officers build up negative feelings towards certain races. Officers tend to get the idea that if one or a few people treat them with disrespect, then other people of that same race will behave the same. We understand this to be racial profiling and the result of their interactions with this particular race is usually excessive force. Police brutality must be stopped so that police do not forget who they are serving – not…

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