Police Brutality Of The United States Essay

1560 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Police officer brutality remains one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States. Over the past decade, police actions have made people wonder “are our officers of the law really doing their job?” Unjustified shootings, severe beatings, rough treatment and fatal chokings have all contributed to the ever-present problem of police brutality in America. Unfortunately, most of these incidents go unnoticed or unreported. This is why it is believed that making police officers wear body cameras can help provide an accurate objective account of every encounter with the public, keep civilians safe, police accountably and help the public’s views on police officers.
The public would be protected from police misconduct, and officers are protected from bogus complaints. The Rialto study began in February 2012, officers were instructed to wear the cameras and to set in motion when they leave their vehicle to speak with a civilian and the results from the first 12 months are striking. The results were shocking. According to Ariel, Barak, Farrar, and Sutherland “the number of complaints filed against officers dropped from 0.7 complaints per 1,000 contacts to 0.07 per 1,000 contacts. We discuss the findings in terms of theory, research methods, policy and future avenues of research on body-worn-videos”.
Even with only half of the 55 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 87 percent decline in the number of complaints…

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