The Case Of Police Brutality In The United States

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Police brutality is the malevolent use of unnecessary force, usually physical, but also common in forms of verbal attacks- by a police officer. Common police brutality exists in many countries, and it has recently become a huge problem in the United States. A major case that really highlighted police brutality was Rodney King, who was caught by the LA police in 1965 and pulled out of his car and brutally beaten by several police officers. Police officers are legally allowed to use of force, and are anticipated to use it when necessary. The media has recently been highlighting certain cases, such as the Ferguson trial and the riots in Baltimore involving the death of Freddie Gray. A growing body of evidence shows that minorities are disproportionately …show more content…
While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center due to a spinal cord injury that ultimately ended up killing him a week later. An investigation of the incident resulted in six Baltimore police officers being temporarily suspended. The circumstances of the injuries were initially unclear, a few eyewitnesses claimed that the officers arresting Gray used excessive force against him. Another source reported that contrary to department policy, the officers did not secure Gray inside the van while transporting him to the police station. Public reaction to the death of Freddy Gray drew parallels to the response to the shooting of Michael Brown. Many believed that there were controversial uses of force by police officers in the United States- especially against African …show more content…
There are many reasons as to why police officers could be excessively aggressive to civilians. It is believed that some personality traits make some officers susceptible to the use of excessive force than others. There are many ways in which the problem of police brutality could be avoided. One way would be if all of law enforcement wore cameras and had them in their cruisers at all times- and are punished if those cameras are turned off at any point in which they are on duty. If there were more cameras and surveillance during the Brown case, it would be more clear as to what actually happened, and if it was an act of self-defense on Wilson’s part- or an act of police brutality. It would also help resolve what actually happened in the police van that killed Freddie Gray. Police brutality could also be avoided with better training. If some amateur police officers were better trained, there would be less of a risk of police brutality. If there was more monitoring in the law enforcement, it would put more citizens at ease as to which police officers are being ethical and accountable when on duty and which are

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