The Impact Of Police Brutality

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In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the African American Community’s view on police brutality, especially in regards to our teens. Police brutality has begun to covered the media headlines more frequently because fatal shootings, and beatings are becoming more common in our society by the people whose job it is to “protect” us. Police brutality can be defined as excessive or unnecessary mistreatment forces against civilians. Mistreatment is not always physical but sometimes non-violent harassment and humiliating Often times police use their authority to their greatest advantage in situations that could have been avoided or handled in a more civilized manner. Studies have show that police use excessive force towards people …show more content…
This is something that should never be ignored. The contributing factor, race, has always been evident in police brutality. Going back in time to the 1990’s, in 1991 the Rodney King video was released of him being beaten with a baton by a police officer was released in Los Angeles, California. When the officers were let go freely after beating Rodney King an African American man the people of the city began to riot. Even in more recent years we have had several African American’s as victims to police brutality. In 2014 there was Michael brown an unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri and in 2015 a 14-year-old girl attending a pool party in Texas was also a victim of police brutality. The issue of police brutality is not a joke. There are people losing their lives everyday because of people we thought we’re here to protect us but have been doing more harm than anything. A change needs to be …show more content…
If every officer around the world is given a body camera that is mandatory to add to their uniform, how could that change a situation? “Claims for the benefits of body-worn cameras are examined based on available research and conventional wisdom. Benefit claims are that body-worn cameras increase transparency in police encounters and victim views of police legitimacy” (Michael D. white, Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence). If every police officer was given a body camera it could decrease brutal incidents allowing officers to think twice because someone is watching them. Body cameras would even allow proper evidence if things are to occur in a situation like police brutality. There would then be no question about what did and did not happen because it would all be there on video for the department and they

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