The Issue Of Police Brutality

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Newspapers, televisions, magazines, and all sorts of social media outlets are getting involved on the topic of police brutality. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (The Law Dictionary). Even though police brutality has become a major issue in today’s society, it has been around for decades. Not only is it a racial issue, but it’s also an overall abuse of power and control. Police brutality is an ongoing issue in the United States and should be resolved. Police brutality has been ongoing ever since law enforcement was created and put into play. It became a huge concern during the Reconstruction Era when a hate group named, Ku Klux Klan (KKK), began collaborating and …show more content…
The use of weapons such as a Taser or gun to defend themselves is not brutality. Brutality is the use of excessive force put upon a person that was not necessarily needed. For an example, there are people who are committing crimes and violating the law, but yet whenever they get caught or something happens to them they say that the officer used wrongful force towards them. There are so many different situations in which no one knows what really happened. Also, the media takes a toll on the situations and make them out to be more than what they really were. Nobody can really believe anything they hear because no one knows exact what happened unless they were there. Not only do people believe that police brutality is exaggerated, but some feel as if there’s nothing they can do about it so why care. “On a national level, upwards of 95 percent of police misconduct cases referred for federal prosecution are declined by prosecutors because, as reported in USA Today, juries "are conditioned to believe cops, and victims ' credibility is often challenged” (Rowe). This shows that the system doesn’t actually take the time to investigate that matters of what happens during cases of police brutality, so why should anyone else? Some people believe that police brutality is over exaggerated, influenced by media, and is a waste of time to care about if the …show more content…
Overall, police brutality is illegal and should be stopped. Hurting and brutalizing American citizens without a right reason is wrong and should not be taking place in our police system. Racial profiling citizens and overlooking them as normal human beings is a violation of human rights and should be penalized. Even though many police officers get away with many situations does not mean that people should overlook the situations and not care. Police brutality is a violation of human rights, creates distrust in many different communities, and put the police themselves as targets for retribution. Police brutality is an ongoing issue in the United States and should be

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