Police Brutality Essay

621 Words Apr 4th, 2012 3 Pages
Amber Kyle
Fourth Essay
Due: April 11, 2012
Police Brutality Police work is dangerous. Sometimes police are put into situations that excessive force is necessary; but, because some officers use these extreme measures in situations when it is not completely necessary, police brutality should be addressed. The use of excessive force may or may not be large problem, but it should be looked into by both the police and the public. For those people who feel racism is not a factor in causing the use of excessive force, here is a startling fact. In Tampa Bay, Florida, five men died while in the custody of the Tampa Bay Police Department .The Tampa Bay Police Department is made up of mostly white officers, but of the five men who
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Murphy, former head of police commissions in Detroit, New York, and Washington, D.C. In Kansas City, Missouri, a police department there has 1,110 officers. Amazingly, the only received approximately 108 complaints from the public about those 1,100 officers. Adding to the belief that police brutality is not a very big problem, most legal authorities and officials agree that the use of excessive force by police officers is being reduced. In fact, they say that they see brutality declining from twenty years ago. Police brutality is defined as involving the unnecessary and unjustified use of force which includes either physical or verbal abuse. Gerald Williams, president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) commented, “Let me assure you we are committed to a professional level of policing with an emphasis on fairness, humanity, and integrity”. Other than the police stopping brutality internally, the use of civilian review boards can be used. These boards must be able to receive all the evidence in a case, including the police audio tapes, in order to make fair judgment if excessive force was used or not. If excessive force is present in cases, these review boards must be able to punish the police or they are almost useless. Whether or not a person believes police brutality is a serious problem, it must be stopped. In some cases, where more force is needed than in others, it is still there. Even in areas where

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