The Causes Of Police Brutality In Society

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Steven Magee once said, “Corrupt and incompetent police officers have a long history of being protected by their colleagues, police internal affairs and the government”. (Magee) There are as much good police officers as there are corrupt ones. There are as many good people in society as there are bad. There is as much good in society as there is bad. life consist of good and bad and there is nothing that can change that. Police brutality in society is an issue that has exploded in the recent decades but dates back to the 1870’s. This term was first used back in 1872 in the newspaper, the Chicago tribune. What they reported was the beating of a citizen under police custody in the Harrison police station in Chicago. (Tribune) As can be seen …show more content…
In regards to racial bias statistics there really isn’t an official statistic that shows the amount of either people injured during a police stop, or the amount of personal crimes that police officers commit on a daily basis. Nonetheless, Ted Miller and other researchers got together and started to analyze many different from of reports and surveys. These reports and/or surveys include data on injuries that result from police interactions. These are the 2012 healthcare cost and utilization project, the U.S. vital statistic s Morality Census, the 2011 police public contract survey, FBI reports on stop-and-search procedures, traffic stop arrest reports in states that did not report their arrest to the FBI, and newspaper reports. The results that this analysis showed were that black people, Native Americans and Latinos are more likely to be stopped than whites and Asians. This analysis also showed that blacks were more likely to die at the hands of police than whites. However, according to the findings, the racial disparity disappears once an actual stop occurs. Furthermore, blacks face no greater risk of injury or death. Phillip Atiba Goff, a professor at John Jay College of criminal justice, said “the benchmark of using stops is an unreasonable conservative test of bias.” (Howard) I certainly agree with the point that professor Goff describes when referring to …show more content…
There has been a recently new idea streaming that describes how violent police encounters seem to be the same across all races. There seems to be no racial disparity across minorities in regards to being stopped by the police. There was a study conducted and published in the journal, Injury Prevention, which described that one of 291 police stops arrests ends up in someone getting injured or dying. Nonetheless, racial minorities, blacks and native Americans, with the ages ranging from 15-29, were more likely to be stopped, searched, and arrested by the police at higher rates than whites. (Oaklander) The question that comes into my mind is, why is the police targeting native Americans and blacks at higher rates than they are at Asians or Hispanics? Most of these analysis reports don’t really answer this question but I think that they give you enough information for you to formulate your own opinion and come up with an answer. However, what is astonishing to me is how these statistics are now showing up instead of being recorded for many years. I think that the reason for this is simply because of the recent rise that there has been in police brutality against all minorities. However, many people are claiming that police officers are only targeting African Americans, but that is not entirely true. Police officers, in my opinion, are not really targeting

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