Essay about Police Brutality Is Not A New Concept

1790 Words Dec 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Police brutality is defined as the use of excessive or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians (Daninila). Recently, there has been a surplus of incidents involving police brutality. However, police brutality is not a new concept. It has been going on since the civil rights era and long before then. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, commonly known as H. Rap Brown, once said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” (Black Radical Congress). His statement, which was said in the sixties, reassures how embedded violence is in America. Specifically, police violence.
According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 461 felony suspects were shot by police last year, which is the highest number seen in decades. These numbers are likely unreported as well, and only includes felony suspects, so it is possible that this figure is much higher than the study suggests (Vibes). A majority of the claims against officers in violation of section 1983 are excessive or unreasonable use of force (“Police Misconduct”). Section 1983 in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 states it is unlawful for anyone acting under the authority of state law to deny another person of his or her rights under the constitution or federal law (“Police Misconduct”). In 1992, a series of violent riots took place in Los Angeles, California. They began due to a video of four officers beating an unarmed civilian (“Riots Erupt”). The officers in the video were absolved of guilt of the crime. Violent riots and…

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