Police Brutality Essay

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Register to read the introduction… This suggests members of different ethnicities and both genders, join law enforcement to prevent cases of police brutality caused by discrimination. According to section 7B of the Canadian Human Rights Act: "It is a discriminatory practice, directly or indirectly, in the course of employment, to differentiate adversely in relation to an employee, on a prohibited ground of discrimination". This leaves no way for the police force to hire future police officers based off things such as sex, skin tone, religion etc. Though this may be the case, in actuality however, many of the police officers seen are almost always white males. It should be made clear that not all police officers that are white males will use excessive force, however it is true that many officers seen in the police force are indeed white males. Following this, comes the likely hood of police stopping and searching people who are black. According to a study done by the official Human Rights body, police officers are 28 times more likely to stop and search a black person. This is further supported by author Malcolm D. Holmes who, in his book Race and Police Brutality: Roots of an Urban Dilemma, speaks more about discriminatory practices that take place. Holmes states that "...given a history of differential treatment in the system of criminal justice, [is] a problem especially apparent in police conduct. Scholars have long scrutinized police reactions to racial and ethnic …show more content…
The average member of society is not very educated about the laws relating to rights, freedoms and in this case, law enforcement. For example, if a police officer came to one's home and asked him/her to step aside while they search the premises, the individual can ask to see a search warrant. If the officer does not have one, nor does he/she have suspicion that the owner of the property is an immediate danger to society, he/she cannot enter and search the premises. Though there are lawyers and law enforcement in the world, in the end it is up to citizens to look after themselves and make sure their rights are not being infringed. This is why a basic knowledge of the law is crucial; in case one gets into a situation where the law can protect them, but no one who knows how to apply it is present. If an individual is being arrested by a police officer who is being rather violent, he/she can use section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 12 of the Charter states that " Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment". If a police officer is using excessive force in a cruel manner, such as pinning someone on the floor even when they are cooperating; the person can bring up this improper arrest in court. This is why it is important people self educate themselves about at least section 7 to 14

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