Police Brutality And Its Effects On Society Essay

920 Words Oct 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Police brutality, especially against African-Americans, has an extensive history in America. It’s a recurring problem and its effects on society are often brushed off by those it does not affect. Police brutality continues to have a major impact on our society and through a series of events, leads to several outcomes. For instance, one of the major reactions to police brutality is social movements that are created to both protest and bring attention to the racial profiling and the unnecessary, violent tactics that police often use against African-Americans, all while under the guise of keeping people 'safe '. Social movements have always existed, especially in response to the corruption within the police force, but in recent years, they have grown to become a major element in attempting to ignite change. With Black Americans fearing for their safety in regards to police officers, coupled with data showing that of the 1,134 recorded deaths at the hands of police in the year 2015, young black men are nine times more likely to be killed by law enforcement; social movements have become an outlet for protesting the injustice served to police brutality victims (Swaine, Laughland, Lartey, & McCarthy, 2015). In this case, social movements are a direct response to the increasing number of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers, and by the social injustice felt by Black Americans. As a result of these social movements, there have…

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