Essay on Police Brutality Is A Social Issue

907 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Police brutality is a social issue that has plagued America for decades. One of the most infamous cases of police brutality is the Rodney King case. On March 3, 1991, four Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.) officers brutally beat Rodney King during a traffic stop. A bystander captured the beating on tape and the four officers involved faced criminal charges, including excessive force. The video broadcasted nationwide during the trial, but despite the evidence, a predominantly white jury acquitted the four officers of all charges (Biography). While the purpose of law enforcement is to protect and serve, there needs to be more regulation of police officers because police are targeting minorities, police brutality is increasing, and police officers face no liability for their offences.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the largest law enforcement agency in America. The department consist of 40,000 officers and from 1999 until 2014; the NYPD has been responsible for 222 deaths. Reportedly, 86 percent of the civilians killed by NYPD officers were Black or Hispanic and about 27 percent of the civilians killed by NYPD officers were black and unarmed (Ryley et al.). During recent years, the NYPD has faced a great deal of criticism for their tendency to target minorities. Bryan Conroy is the only NYPD officer who faced conviction for shooting an unarmed black man; however, Conroy did not serve jail time. Conroy’s sentence consisted of five years of probation and 500…

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