The Importance Of Controlling Control
The Civil Rights movement brought a whole new meaning the the term “The United States of America”. Yet here we are in 2016 with a whole different problem. The era of segregation and blatant mistreatment of African American peoples is gone, but racism and racial tension is still alive and well, especially among law enforcement.
One of the first significant incidences of brutality that went public was the beating of Rodney Glen King. “From the time that he endured a brutal beating by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers on March 3, 1991, Rodney Glen King instantly became the face of police brutality in America” (Chaney and Robinson 108). King’s beating gave way for many to be influenced and want to change the way the U.S. police system worked. His created awareness that too many black males were being brutalized by …show more content…
Not only should we consider their training as a factor in their actions but also we should take a look at these public figures from a sociological approach. One way we analyze this si through the stanford prison experiment. This experiment is familiar to many people but isn’t paralleled to the United States police force as much as it is paralleled to corrections officers. The experiment was planned to last two weeks long but was terminated after three days due to outstanding results. The project was the idea of Standford led psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. Zimbardo placed participants as guards and prisoners for the two weeks. This allowed those who were “guards” to under the impression they had power over the “prisoners” even though they had done nothing to be imprisoned for. Some empowering examples of just drastic the result were as follows.The guards within only a few hours began to harass the inmates everyone began to fall into their “roles” just as we do in society. Issues truly began to get out of hand when the prisoners began to