Essay on Policing And Society : Assessment

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Policing & Society - Assessment 2

This essay is based on Police brutality, where we will explore specific aspects of its complex and unfortunate nature. The original question to answer, in this essay has since been altered for a better attempt to conduct research, and so the modified question we ask in this essay is “Why does Police brutality occur in the United States of America (U.S) and, is it more common amongst the African American (black) community that live there?.”.

For better understandings we must first define Police brutality, which can be described as the “use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police officers when dealing with civilians” ("What Is Police Brutality?," n.d.). Any force that is considered well beyond necessity whilst handling a situation can be described as “Excessive force”. Such force would look like an officer holding his perpetrator at gunpoint, even when the perpetrator is being cooperative and is unarmed. This force is considered very unnecessary as there are a number of appropriate alternatives an officer could’ve used instead. Although police brutality is most common in physical form, it also takes place with the misuse of batons and tasers, the misuse of chemical sprays such as pepper spray, sexual and verbal abuse, non supervised field interrogations, tight handcuffing, false arrest and much more.

There are many reasons and causes behind police brutality in America, one may say that is has to do with racism and poverty and/or…

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