Essay about Police Brutality And The United States

1880 Words Apr 25th, 2015 8 Pages
Police officers are supposedly the most trustworthy people in the community, but in certain situations, police officers have abused the general public. Police brutality has been acknowledged nationwide in the United States. According to Flint Taylor, “In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, an NOPD officer fatally shot an unarmed black man named Henry Glover, then several of his fellow officers burned his body to cover-up their crime.” (par. 13) Taylor continues, “In 1997, an NYPD officer sexually assaulted a Haitian-American man named Abner Louima in a precinct station bathroom by shoving a broken broomstick up his rectum.” (par. 15) Flint also reveals, “In 1999, four officers from the NYPD’s Street Crimes Unit fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant who was reaching for his wallet, hitting him 19 times.” (par. 17). Police brutality is a controversial issue throughout the United States, and sometimes resulting in the loss innocent lives, but a cost-effective solution has been uncovered.

Before searching for solutions to end police brutality, one must first understand it. Police brutality, by definition, “is the wanton use of excessive force, usually physical, but also common in forms of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer.” (Google definitions?????) There is a plethora of variations to the degrees of police brutality. Police brutality ranges from comments, to illegal body searches, and to unjustified murder. It happens…

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