Police Brutality Has Been A Hot Topic Essay

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Police brutality has been a hot topic in the news all over the country as of lately. There are several cases of brutality that make the news, most of which are thought to be white officers shooting black criminals. The idea is that Police officers are being racist in their arrests and harming people because of racism. There are news stories everywhere, talking about Ferguson, Missouri where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot or the Kentucky State Trooper, Joseph Ponder, who was shot after attempting to help the suspect. What should be done about these tragedies? What can be done to keep police safe and respect the rights of the people?
Both sides of the issue can be heavily biased, but the goal of this segment is to show the arguments for both while not being biased or saying one side is right or wrong. To begin, let us look at a case where the police were claimed to be brutal. In the next paragraph, we will look at a case where the police officer needed to use force in equal detail. This will show both sides of the argument, and will prevent any bias.
The first story on police using force was in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot after stealing cigarillos from “Ferguson Market and Liquor”. From what has been reported, it could be considered unclear what happened exactly on August 9, 2014. The consensus was that there was an altercation between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, and that the unarmed 18 year old was then shot and…

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