The Negative Perception Of Police Brutality In The 21st Century

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Criticism and speculation concerning police brutality are popular topics that can inevitably be seen in news articles, social media, or news broadcast throughout the nation. Being one of America 's most current, controversial and important issues, the negative perception of police brutality in the 21st century needs to be resolved. Localized policing is commonly used to put emphasis on the prevention of crime rather than enforcing the zero tolerance policy and following the traditional policing method. Policing in communities allow law enforcement officials a chance to better connect with citizens on a more personal level by building a durable relationship, reinforcing trust, and ensuring a peace of mind that suits current local and world …show more content…
This motivated police departments to initiate the zero-tolerance policy, which encouraged the use of aggressive police tactics on minor crimes (Sheppard, 2002). When compared to the "broken windows" theory, the zero-tolerance policy ironically has the same effect. However, the tactics are entirely different. Community policing encourages a partnership with citizens to require less use of arrest, and more creative responses to certain minor problems. Meanwhile zero-tolerance policies require frequent arrest and militarized tactics that ultimately causes civil unrest. That is why community policing is the considered to be the best way to eliminate the constant growth of minor crimes and it also allows law enforcement officials to accomplish their mission statements and provide the community an opportunity to become better connected with surrounding departments (Tillman …show more content…
It has set a standard that police officers need to use excessive force to get criminals to comply with their request. Excessive force in most cases is absolutely unnecessary and in today’s generation of police officers, it seems to be a trend, which defaces the critical relationship between law enforcement officials and the communities they police. Excessive force from the zero-tolerance policy is now being defined as police brutality (Umbach 2003). Police brutality is the basis for the current ‘Civil Rights’ campaign known as "Black Lives Matter" which has sparked continuous civil unrest among black communities in the 21st century. Police brutality has destroyed trust between police officers and citizens, causing a lack of respect towards police

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