Police Brutality Research Papers

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One of the major problems in the United States today is police brutality. Police brutality has been happening in the U.S for a long period of time now, but recently many accusations were being made against police officers. Police brutality is becoming a hot topic because of two court cases, the cases of Sandra Bland and Mike Brown. In the Sandra bland case she was pulled over for a failure to signal, and was found dead in her cell after only having contact with law enforcement. In the case of Mike Brown he was an unarmed teenager who was shot by an officers in Ferguson, Missouri. In both of these cases the courts couldn’t determine who was at fault for their murders. Although police officers take an oath to protect and serve doesn’t mean they …show more content…
A prime example of this are the cases of Sandra Bland and Mike Brown. Officers have a law that cushions them from being persecuted for committing crimes, officers can shoot if someone is resisting arrest, and if the officers is trying to prevent the criminal from escaping. The officer has the authority to determine how to handle a situation how they see fit, that’s one of the reasons officers are not put away for their crimes, they use the law to justify themselves. Police officers can also shoot if they have reason to believe its necessary, their reason could be the felon might commit another crime or endanger the life of others. (Madar) With these law protecting police officers we have no choice but to believe the reason they give for shooting someone, but if they had on body cameras the court could see and judge the officer accordingly. Body camera will either back up what the officer said or prove that the officer is at fault. Video from the body camera will stop forcing the courts to believe what the police officer said, it will get the court a chance to evaluate the incident themselves. With video from body cameras off the officer involved in the incident we can restrict the laws that cushion the officers, and give us United States citizen’s faith back in the justice …show more content…
Our current president Barack Obama was to require all U.S police officers to wear body cameras, the president said he wants to ensure that the United States isn’t creating a “militarized culture” within law enforcement. Militarized culture means the use of military equipment in the US communities by law enforcement, the president said “This is not just a problem in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a national problem”. President Barack want to create a trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and he believes body camera will do so. (Obama) The requirement for police to wear body cameras, is so that the death of an officer and/or citizen won’t be a mystery. When a person gets killed in an altercation with law enforcement wither the officer or the citizen, there are questions that must be answer. Two questions that must be answered are, could this crime be prevented and wither the person who committed the crime was at fault? Both of these questions could be easily answered by the video from the body, the video could hear the conversation and the courts could decide wither or not the crime could have been prevented, and the court could use the video to determine who was at fault by listening to both sides of the conversation, and watching the actions each person made. In the cases of Sandra Bland and Mike brown body cameras could have

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