Police Brutality Myth

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Police brutality, a myth? Or a manner of concern?
The police organization is arguably the most evident establishment of governance in America. A public institution delegated with the duty of applying and upholding the law. Within many communities, police officers adopt the role of communal “peacekeepers”, the role of a crime fighter, where accountability is of the essence. Yet, despite their “noble cause”, police officers have to often endure a momentous amount of public accusations and criticism over the issues of corruption, injustice, lack of effectiveness, and the citizen-favorite “excessive use of force” also known as, police brutality.
Police brutality is not a new phenomenon and yet it remains an existent complex, multilayered concern
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Such a profession brings out the “mob mentality”, making the police behave more violently and impulsively than they might otherwise, Furthermore, because police brutality is usually a product of individual level interactions, opportunity arises for those officers in that they “are able to select their victims … to many forms of police misconduct,” (Holmes and Smith 2003). However; where does this mentality derive from? It derives from within organizational culture and structure. Ensuring that appropriate occupational/organization behaviors are adopted and appraises the importance of attaining and maintaining control over civilians. Moreover, the more an officer is exposed to a certain behavior, especially from other officers, the more susceptible he is to adapting that behavior as his own, (Punch and Gilmour …show more content…
One chief problem is that many police look out for themselves, before the citizen. “How many officers have directly or indirectly turned a blind eye to acts of brutality committed by their fellow officers?” Furthermore, how often are the officers accused of victimizing citizens left unpunished? More than “90 percent” of cases. This evidentiary factor combined with expenses, heavy burden of proof, and possible retaliation from officers placed upon the victim, results in the reluctance to pursue these cases (Rosado, Shaw 2012). A predicament that I envision leaves many “bad apples” feeling comfortable in deploying any act of violence, in their arsenal of injustice.
Nevertheless, as mentioned before, the role of police officer is more centered on “crime fighting” than catering to the public interest. This occupational identity is not only expected of their respective department but also from society. Police brutality, is of sort, something of an occupational

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