Media Influence Police Murders

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Police Murders – The Dangerous Influence of Hate by the Media
“The media 's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that 's power. Because they control the minds of the masses”(Malcolm X). In today’s society with advanced technology, many may believe that the media are still needed in order to help police officers deter one from a life of crime. With television news shows and paper media, one may also believe that the media are only using police officers in order to help raise television ratings and to sell more newspapers. Although a police officer has the right to watch or read the news and the media has the right to free speech, watching and reading the news
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When law enforcers are bombarded by negative images of the public from media sources, the officer sometimes forgets their basic training, hence believing that all persons of interest are guilty of a crime. With an extensive training overview, police officers should be able to learn the difference from media bias and reality, thus reducing the killings of those who are not guilty of a crime.
When watching the media, “accused Black criminals were usually illustrated by glowering mug shots or by footage of them being led around in handcuffs, their arms held by uniformed White policemen. None of the accused violent White criminals, during the week, were shown in mug shots or in physical custody” (Kulaszewicz, 2015, p. 11). Hence, these images are embedded into the White policeman’s brain, causing them to fear all suspected criminals and those with a different skin color than
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Today, children are too afraid to call officer friendly because they may get shot by officer friendly. The trust between the police and the public is at a staggering low. One would say that the reason for the distrust is due to the media. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2003), in Los Angeles, police are more concerned with the influence that the media give to its public. Most of the Los Angeles police are projected in a negative way and its citizens do not trust them. With the lack of trust between law enforcement and the public, the justice system is going to have to work hard in building a relationship with both entities.
Nevertheless, the media will never go away, therefore, the media’s influence will be a substantial part of law enforcement, giving police officers a reason to shoot and kill innocent people, cause the public to want to shoot law enforcers in retaliation, and give the public a negative response towards the justice system. With a negative view of the police, the crime rate may rise in America, causing more prisons to be

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