What Is Police Brutality

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What ever happened to ‘Protect and Serve? We are supposed to trust the police to protect us, not to bring harm to us, or use their power to take advantage of us. In today’s society, the opposite of what we have implored them to do is occurring more and more. Police Brutality has become a major problem in the United States. A fine line determines the difference between excessive force and brutality. Americans of any race and gender can become victims of police brutality. It is no surprise African Americans continue to be involved in more police brutality cases.
Police brutality can be defined as the deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities with the population. It is often drawn
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Russell Redenbaugh discusses the reports that lead to distrust of the police in the following passage. He reports, “Witnesses often tell tales of police officers verbally harassing minorities; detaining African-American Men who fit certain generalized descriptions; employing the so-called “prone-out” tactic…in minority neighborhoods, even for routine traffic stops; and using excessive force, particularly in African-American communities”. The intensity and frequency of these complaints reveal a serious problem. In 1997, the fatal shooting of suspected black felons by black officers was almost four times higher than the fatal shooting rate of suspected black felons by white officers. The black police officer shooting rate of suspected black felons was 5.47 per 10,000 black officers, while the fatal shooting rate of suspected black felons by white officers was 1.14 per 10,000 white officers (Fitzgerald). What does this tell you? Police Officers in general are discriminating against the African American race, not so much the race of the police officers against African Americans. Police brutality has been around for a long time and it seems to have worsened over the …show more content…
Officers are doing little to improve what is called public relations. The solution to the problem of police brutality must begin with the officers themselves. Law enforcement must make an effort to show that they are trying to protect the community and show that they are not looking to harass people. This is very important because when law enforcement is needed, minorities are resolving to take matters into their own hands versus seeking help from our officials. Public relations may be the key to remedy police brutality. A good relationship between law enforcement and minorities will go a long way to improve relations with the public and restore trust. Building these partnerships between the community and law enforcement will eliminate both the war on the community and the war on the police. We have recently protested Black Lives Matter which created a spin off to Police Lives Matter. In the end, All Lives

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