Police Brutality In Modern Times

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Truth about Police Brutality in Modern Times
In current events cases of police brutality, or alleged police brutality, are controversial issues. The world is full of good people and bad people and this is the same in the police department. Just as police officers sometimes stereotype civilians by their skin color society has begun to stereotype police officers.
Police use of excessive force is a big problem. There are many different cases in which police use unnecessary force while on the job. A research paper written by Rachel Harmon identifies two cases that have been considered when trying excessive force cases. These cases are Graham vs. Connor and Scott vs. Harris. In the first case, Graham vs. Connor, Edward Garner was sighted running
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Robert Staples article entitled “White Power, Black Crime, and Racial Politics” gives details into one very infamous account of racial prejudice in the police force. This was the beating of Rodney King. In the 1990s some police officers chased King for speeding. When they finally pulled King over they began beating and kicking him. This was caught on camera and went to trial where the officers were found innocent by an all white jury. When this decision was reached, riots broke out in Los Angeles causing at least two thousand and four hundred injuries, sixteen thousand arrests and a billion dollars in property damage. The trial was later reconvened and the officers were found guilty. While what happened to Rodney King is probably the most infamous incident many racial minorities have been wrongly treated by the police, yet few cops are brought to trial. This goes on even within the police force. In New York as of 2011 twenty black cops had been shot by their white colleagues while either undercover or off duty (Staples …show more content…
According to the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare since the 1970’s the crime rate and the Americans fear of crime remained fairly stable. By 1998 the crime had been declining over the past 20 years; however, most Americans felt like it was increasing (Ackerman 44). U.S. citizens see the criminal justice system as being responsible for crime rates. Often Americans will blame the courts for crime while maintaining confidence in the police. The exceptions to this are racial minorities and acts of terror. For example, after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 studies showed that the confidence civilians had in the police force wavered as they were afraid (Ackerman 44). Studies presented by the Public Opinion Quarterly showed that after cases of police brutality approval ratings for the police will drop. After these incidents African Americans and Latinos may continue to distrust the police while Caucasians are more forgiving. In general African Americans are more sensitive to police brutality (Tuch and Weitzer 647-648). The International Social Science Review also found that negative levels of satisfaction towards police after recent contact with police is directly related to negative views of ‘procedural justice’ (Salvatore, Markowitz and Kelly 12). So how a person is currently feeling about the criminal justice system will affect how they view police if they were to get stopped for

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