Police Brutality: The Problem Of Police Abuse And Consistive Force

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Police departments too often use excessive force, injuring people suspected of crimes and occasionally killing them. People of minority groups and the poor or the homeless are often the victims of police brutality. Law enforcement agencies repeatedly try to cover it up. This has become a controversial issue among many countries and communities that have seen police brutality take place in their own neighborhood. Police officers are challenged with dangerous situations every single day, which forces them to make immediate decisions. They are given the power to take away any citizens rights and even their lives. Having this kind of power also comes with huge responsibility. A major concern with the amount of discretion officers have is when to use force or when to use lethal force. The use of excessive force may or may not be a large problem, but should be viewed by both the police and the community. It is police officer’s job to protect people from harm, not to cause farther damage and stress. Officers should be properly trained so they do not resort to violence and abuse of power.
Incidents of abuse and misconduct by police officers have come to widespread public attention over the past several decades. Simply knowing a person has committed a crime does not
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Opponents of aggressive policing believe that police brutality is a real, harmful, and overly common problem. It is said that many police departments cover up allegations of abuse and brutality in order to protect their officers. Supporters of assertive policing insist that many allegations of police brutality are false or exaggerated. Assertive tactics used by police departments, they argue, are responsible for the drastic fall in crime rates over the last two decades. Aggressive behavior is something that police must be held accountable for their actions through civilian review boards and other measures intended to investigate misconduct ("Police

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