Police Brutality Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Nationally this incident was heard of all over, but it caused the LA police department and other departments in the United States to be put under …show more content…
Ron Hampton, an ex-Washington cop and current executive director of the National Black Police Association states "The biggest problem is attitude.”( Sipe, 7) "When I was in training, nobody ever mentioned that you are partners with the community. I was taught that if it isn’t your partner, everyone else is your enemy. That only serves to foster an 'us-against-them' mentality." (Sipe, 7)
The vast majority of complaints originate in high-crime areas in which the population primarily comprises minorities. Police are essentially taught that crime among minorities means to treat certain minorities with the assumption that they are criminals. Some black cops have told stories of being harassed when out of uniform, but as soon as they're in uniform, they're in a different mentality. (Sipe,
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Some believe it’s because of a “Bad Apple”. Police work is likely to attract individuals who enjoy bulling people or exploiting them. This may have been the theory at one time, but resent studies has shown otherwise. (Mangan, 8) There have been a range of profiles that do not support the “Bad Apple” theory. In one study police psychologists were surveyed on officers who had used excessive force. The information obtained allowed the researchers to develop five unique types of officers, only one of which was similar to the bad apple stereotype. These include personality disorders, previous traumatic job-related experience, young inexperienced or macho officers, officers who learn inappropriate patrol styles, and officers with personal problems. These individual behavioral and personality differences are only one part of the explanation of excessive force. The other part deals with the structural organizational practices of the police departments. (Mangan, 8)
Abusing the citizen violates the power of the officer and the position the officer holds. Excessive abuse violates state laws, federal laws, constitution rights, and the police laws as well. (Mangan,

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