Police Brutality In The Media

1529 Words 6 Pages
Police brutality has been happening for a long time and has only been recently widely recognized. The media has brought more attention to the problem. This issue appears to happen in more populated regions due to the lack of cohesion between the community and the police department. A main problem seems to be the racial targeting by some police forces. By particular issues being broadcast to the public, their reactions are being swayed. Using education can help encourage the public and police department work together. Due to the influence of the media the view of the police force in America is negative and requires reform. Police brutality has been an ever increasing problem since the case of Rodney King was exposed. King was an American taxi …show more content…
It appears to concentrate in populated urban areas more so than rural areas. “It seems to be more of a problem in areas of high crime and large populations” (Ambroz 1). When there is a large population there is also a police force that is comparable to the population. This is to ensure that everyone in the city is accounted for and has an equal amount of protection from the department. However, when this is the case it can be “much harder to keep an eye on every single police officer,” if your department is on the larger scale (Ambroz 2). Nonetheless when police use force to control someone and it becomes too aggressive there should be no condoning of the actions. “Regardless of the size of the police force, police brutality and beatings are a learned and condoned behavior” (Ambroz 2). Police brutality can be linked also with how the police force and community work together. When there is a substantial difference in the demographic of the community and police force there will often be problems that result. “…Almost 75% of New York’s Police force is white – in a city where whites make up less than 50% of the population” (Harrison 25). “A diverse law enforcement agency can better develop relationships with the community it serves, promote trust in the fairness of law enforcement, and facilitate effective policing by encouraging citizen support and cooperation” (Weitzer …show more content…
A significantly lower amount of people want to become police officers, the recent events can be accredited for that. Since this is happening the current people employed are being given more jobs and areas to manage, but are still expected to do the task with the same amount of effort and credibility. “It is much harder to find people who want to be police officers but who are also qualified to do the job” (Ambroz 1). It is getting increasingly difficult for police departments to find applicants that are able to adequately do the job, in order to hire the much needed staff expectations are lowered which increases the risk for problems. When there are fewer officers, less funding and more jobs to do their jobs become even more stressful. They have very little time when it comes to making a life changing decision and there is no way to train someone to do that. “Police officers have seconds to decide whether to use their firearms in any given violent confrontation” (Safir 1). By increasing their work load it can impact their mental awareness which can lead to bad decisions and even more tension between them and the

Related Documents