Essay Police Brutality And The Police Department

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Similarly, when these cases of brutality are further investigated and brought into the court room, there is also a factor of missing evidence that plays a key role “Even when a complaint is investigated and seems plausible, it may be judged as unsustain by the police department because no third-party witnesses are available to support the complainant. In cases of the victim’s word against the officer’s word, the police department is likely to side with the officer.”(BJS)
This circumstance provides reasoning as to why the rate of police brutality has increased over the years. The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project reported statistics found between April 2009 and June 2010. The NMSRP reported that “there were 5,986 reports of misconduct, 382 fatalities linked to misconduct, settlements and judgments that totaled $347,455,000, and 33 % of misconduct cases that went through to convictions and 64 % of misconduct cases that received prison sentences. The average length of time convicted officers spent in prison was 14 months. (Police Brutality Statistics, April 13, 2011).” When adding race into these statistics The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) studies have shown that "Between 1995-2000, African Americans composed the greatest number of subjects involved in use of force incidents, followed by whites and then by Hispanics”. We can say that The black community very upset when it comes to this topic, because it shows that the…

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