Police Brutality And Social Media

810 Words 4 Pages
Police brutality is a controversial topic when it comes to social media outlets. For example, the excessive shooting by a police officer caused the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MI. According to Ferguson Police Report, the Ferguson Police department was filled with so much corruption in their practices that the U.S Department of Justice had to fully investigate the Ferguson Police Department on September 4, 2014. Our history always has a way of repeating itself. Police brutality is not a new idea, however, since the “war on drugs” propaganda, there was an increase in minority arrests for drug classifications. Recently, police have been adapted to the use of military equipment and the shoot to kill mentality. Violence is deeply embedded …show more content…
We are so connected to violence that we would not survive in a peaceful world. For example, the news media loves to show devastating events instead of more peaceful events. Community members who live in poverty surrounded by drugs use and guns are used to witnessing physical and psychological violence. People who deal influential conditions every day are less likely to achieve their goals. Violence will create a barrier between their potential goals and their possible involvement in criminal activities. Violence is claimed acceptable when used in terms of the law, such as the death penalty and law enforcement use of force. We were conditioned to believe that the police have to use violence to maintain control over the citizens. The history of the police brutally against blacks and leads the current distrust in the police by community members. The police want to be feared by community members, for example, the dichotomy of “Us vs. Them.” “Us vs. Them,” is expressed through the police viewing citizens as the enemy. In addition, the community members view the police as the enemy. The police duties are to serve and protect the citizens, however, their ways of controlling the citizens by resulting to violence …show more content…
The famous beating of Rodney Kind resulting in the L.A Riots during 1992 is iconic points in history that help us understand the conditions of police brutality over time. According to Marylyn Johnson, we must understand the patterns of police force over the past 160 years and that the police started out with violence beatings, organized targets against the protestors. Police started getting more corrupt and more connected to politics during the late 19th century, for example, Tammany Hall. We know that politics give certain groups power over those who are at a disadvantage, this phenomenon is known as structural

Related Documents