Police Violence: The History Of Police Brutality

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In the early morning hours of March 2, 1991 a young man named Gorge Holliday was awakened by the sound of helicopters and police sirens. Gorge being curious, (no pun intended) stepped outside onto the balcony of his Lake View Terrace apartment complex and began to watch as police savagely beat a black man on the street in front of his apartments. But it was what Gorge did next that would change the way America looks at police brutality forever. Gorge went into his apartment and removed a brand new Sony camcorder from the box and begins filming. His 12 minute long video of the Las Angeles police department officers became the most famous home video of all time. It is the video forever known as the beating of Rodney King. I was only five years …show more content…
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s police brutality was common during labor strikes where striking citizens would routinely be viscously bludgeoned by patrolmen or militia men with their night sticks, beatings, and even killings of striking workers almost became common practice amongst authorities.. One of the first documented incidents happened during the Great Railroad strike of 1877 when state militia members fired on striking workers killing 10 including a news boy and a 16 year old student. Again on April 20, 1914 the Colorado National guard attacked striking coal miners killing more than two dozen people including women and children, and these stories are just a few of the countless incidents that went on in the history of our great country. From there came Prohibition, where police where often paid to be …show more content…
This culture they have incites distrust between African Americans and our law enforcement agencies. There has been a lot of data collected over the years and the “data conclusively showed what black and brown people already knew from experience: cops disproportionately stop people of color, and stop them without cause and with greater use of force” (Warren 1). Everyone knows there is a problem; there is just nothing in place to put a stop to it. Police officers are just people and just like everyone else they can be influenced. And not all influences are good influences. You can almost make an argument that a rookie police officer is the equivalent to a teenage boy from the inner city that joined the local gang. They might not agree with what is going on, but are going to do what is required of them to be accepted from their

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