The Abuse of Power Essay

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The Abuse of Power “Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power;” as President, James Madison knew the imperfections of the people he governed. As it is with many things in life, there can always be too much of something; therefore, there is a certain degree to how much freedom and power a person can have. A police officer, or any other powerful authority can abuse the power that they have. Police brutality occurs when an officer uses “extreme physical force, verbal attacks, and threats” against a person without a fair reason for doing so. (Ostrovskii 3) It is a very serious problem that occurs worldwide. Every police department experiences a case of misconduct at some point in time. Unfortunately, …show more content…
In comparison, 2,976 people lost their lives during the events of September 11, 2001. These are the men that have a job which requires them to protect the citizens of today. Even though they commit these crimes, they rarely get punished. Often, they only have a suspension for a few months, still receive their full pension, and are even cleared of the crime they committed. From March 2009 to June 2010, there were 5,895 reported incidents of police brutality, yet only thirty three percent of the police officers responsible for those acts were convicted of wrongdoing. If they did reach conviction and get a prison sentence, it was usually only a sentence of eighteen months in jail. It is not fair for a man to be so brutal and to get away with it just because he has some badge on. Even though the numbers in police brutality statistics are growing, not much is changing, and the police officers that committed these dreadful acts are still getting away without punishment. The people who endure the most police brutality are African Americans, and are often discriminated for the color of their skin. Throughout history, African Americans, as a group, endure various forms of brutality. Long ago in the United States, entire towns would capture innocent African Americans and kill them in mobs. This horrendous act is known as lynching. Now, while African American brutality exists on a smaller scale than it used to, it still

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