Police Brutality And The United States Essay

1221 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Newspapers, televisions, magazines, and all sorts of social media outlets are getting involved on the topic of police brutality. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (The Law Dictionary). Even though police brutality has become a major issue in today’s society, it has been around for decades. Not only is it a racial issue, but it’s also an overall abuse of power and control. Police brutality is an ongoing issue in the United States and should be resolved. Police brutality has been ongoing ever since law enforcement was created and put into play. It became a huge concern during the Reconstruction Era when a hate group named, Ku Klux Klan (KKK), began collaborating and working with local law enforcement in brutalizing and killing African Americans, or simply people that were different from them. From then on, Amendments have been passed to keep law and order. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, which was a great thing but only made the matters worse. Not only was the thirteenth amendment created, but also the fourteenth and fifteenth. The 14th Amendment stated that “no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (“Police Brutality”), as well as the fifteenth, “prohibited governments from using color, race, or previous slave status as a qualification for voting”…

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