The Issue Of Police Brutality In The United States

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Police Brutality Police brutality has become a major problem in the United States because of the media. This is an issue that is not taken lightly to the people. There are many people that have been affected, personally, by police brutality. This issue has always been present in the United States, but the media has shown light on these issues in the last few years. Due to the media portraying these issues to the public, many questions have been raised on the topic of police brutality. Police brutality exists all over the United States. However, it is seen to be worse in areas of poverty and high crime rate. The areas that have a higher crime rate attract police officers because of the amount of danger around the area. Places like Chicago, …show more content…
Because of this, many of the well-known police brutality incidents have come from here. The media has portrayed most of the victims of police brutality to be African American and Hispanic. Many questions have been raised because of this. One side to this issue believes that police brutality is very prevalent in today’s society. This side believes that police officers are taking advantage of their authoritative powers over citizens and using them in a negative way. A great example that the media often uses is Trayvon Martin. He was a seventeen year old male that was shot by a neighborhood watch guard by the name of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin because he was defending himself. This case exploded all over social media, television, and the radio. Whenever the case went to trial, Zimmerman was found not guilty. Because Zimmerman was found not guilty, the nation erupted in protests because many believe that Zimmerman murdered Martin on false pretenses. This encouraged people to dig further into this issue and find …show more content…
Because police officers duties are to save the lives of citizens’, people who see the other side often believe they are just doing their job. Because police officers were not equipped with body cams when these incidents happened, it is usually the police officers word against a jury. Many police officers put their lives on the line every day for the citizen’s safety; this is often appreciated and seen by people who disagree with the concept of police brutality. Instead of seeing it as excessive force, it is seen as a police officer doing his job. People who agree with this side of the issue usually agree that there was a reason for the police officer to use force on a person. For example, people believe that Trayvon Martin gave George Zimmerman a reason to murder him and the same with Michael Brown. Other people are against the thought of police brutality because of the concept of race. Some people do not believe that the colored race is being targeted, but instead it is every race. They do not believe in racial injustice; instead they believe that the nation is suffering from police officers that are not trained properly. In 2014, The Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that 51 police officers were killed in the line of duty. (Arnold) This is eighty-nine percent more than the number of officers killed in the line of duty in 2013. (Arnold) Another great example to portray this side of

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