The Issue Of Police Involved Deaths Essay example

1286 Words Nov 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The issue of police-involved deaths has increasingly become a major controversy in the United States. Nearly every week in the news there is a reporting of a police-involved death or a protest in response to a police shooting. The deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and others have created a deep racial tension between many communities and law enforcement. Last summer racial tensions were heightened as Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by law enforcement within only one day of each other, which prompted protests throughout the country. As a response to these tragic events (and numerous others), the following question has arisen: What can we do as a unified country to reduce racial tensions that have been created by police-involved deaths? Many critics of law enforcement assert that police departments must be reformed through techniques such as demilitarization and implementation of body cameras. However, many supporters of law enforcement assert that race must be left out of the police brutality conversation and communities must be taught to value and respect law enforcement. This complex controversy can only be solved through compromise from both parties. There is a vicious cycle of police-involved deaths that are reported on the news, which results in police officers being portrayed negatively. For example, on July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by a police officer after reports were made to the law enforcement that…

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