The Effects Of Police Brutality In The Media

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The police force in today 's society is the main topic of discussion in this essay. In recent news, the media have emphasized police brutality. Mainly attacking blacks, the videos of the beatings have cause riots and protests nationwide. Police are under fire from citizens who believe that their actions against suspects are brutal and not needed, usually happening at traffic stops, burglaries, or disturbances. With the increase in the use of media, come more videos of police abusing or beating suspects while bystanders watch in awe. Whether or not the media is at fault for portraying police as the bad guys is not ultimately clear as several other aspects could be in place. Body cameras are also on the rise in the police force in order to get …show more content…
Totally defenseless, he was flung head-first into the seat in front of him, and became paralyzed for life (Caspari, 2015). Gino Thompson is just one example out of the thousands that have become victims of police brutality. Usually beginning with a routine traffic stop, minor disturbance, or confrontation and ending in a suspect 's injury or death, questionable police actions have always been present in our society. Recently, however, the number of incidents of misconduct has increased immensely, along with the riots and protests that come in response. Although we are told that the police force handles criminal situations to the best of their ability, lack of surveillance and proper training has led to multiple situations where the unnecessary abuse and mistreatment of civilians …show more content…
James Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, explains how hard it is to be a policeman in today 's society: “Police officers literally have millions of contacts with citizens every day, and in the vast majority of those interactions, there is no claim of wrongdoing, but that’s not news” (Perez-Pena & Williams, 2015). Along with the scrutiny of the media, in high-risk scenarios the police need to make instantaneous decisions in order to keep situations under control. The use of video surveillance sometimes creates a misleading view towards officers “and it cannot really put the viewer in the shoes of an officer having to make split-second decisions under pressure” (2015). In a time where the relationship between officers and citizens is growing apart, each side needs to be as understanding as possible. An example of opposing the police force was seen in the article Uproar over Student Art on Use of Force by Police, where multiple students from Oxon Hill High School portrayed an officer treating citizens with violence. According to the president of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Dean Jones, “this display does nothing to repair relationships” (Balingit, 2015). Policemen may have to struggle in order to keep the order of communities in line, but with this struggle comes unnecessary abuse that achieves nothing to help solve the issue between the force and the

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