Police Brutality In Video Killed Trust In Police Officers

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Police brutality is the use of excessive or unnecessary force by police officers when they deal with civilians. An excessive use of force means taking things further than what is necessary in order to handle a situation. Societies are noticing that police brutality has a connection with racism. They are also starting to ask themselves things like, is police brutality killing innocent people because of their race? Or do police officers find it amusing to use their weapons on a specific ethnicity? The recent deaths that have resulted from police brutality are astonishing. African American men such as, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and others have all been killed by white police officers within the past two years. Since these incidents are occurring, …show more content…
Recordings of police brutality have undermined the public 's perceptions of law enforcement and changed how Americans see "good cops" and "bad cops, as young children, we tend to be brainwashed by our own parents into thinking that we can trust police officers and because of that we never saw the negative actions policemen were actually doing. According to Friedersdorf, as children we trust police officers because "We’ve never been wrongly arrested. We’ve never witnessed our children put in jail based on the false reports of police officers. We’ve never seen our neighbors beaten or tased without cause” (Friedersdorf, 2014). One’s trust can change in an instant, simply by watching a film on what police officers truly do to society. What is important to learn from this quote is that people need to see things for themselves and not just listen to what other people say about the …show more content…
In the article he said “Those who have never experienced law enforcement corrupted by power, basic human decency should require that we try to understand and consider the perspective of those who have” (Friedersdorf, 2014). This indicates that people should start realizing what the law is doing to a certain ethnic group, rather than thinking everything is okay just because their ethnicity is not being shown in this particular occurrence or in this light. Friedersdorf ended his article by saying “As the police continue to lose the trust of the public due largely to documented instances of bad behavior by officers, I suspect that more and more good cops will be clamoring for cameras on their dashboards and lapels. Until then, citizens ought to record police during every incident as it unfolds. Doing so will bring vindication to good cops and indictments of bad cops” (Friedersdorf, 2014). This quote is important because Bill De Blasio is trying to tell the public that one bad cop can not define the whole police department. He wants people to understand that there are good police officers that help people instead of harm them. He is also trying tell police officers that in order to be viewed as good cops they must make a change in themselves and show that to the

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