The Problem of Police Brutality Essay

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Television stations, newspapers, and even tabloids are getting involved in a sensitive subject, police brutality. It is more and more common to turn on a television or read a paper and see a headline like, “Police brutally beat a homeless man”. There are many cases of police using excessive force or corruption within a department and even debates on whether high speed pursuits are necessary(Deshon 2014). It may be that officers may not have a full comprehension of their oath of office or the ethical code they attained; it could also be that they are corrupt cops. An officer goes through training and in doing so is also educated on the ethical behaviors and oath of an officer. Our police agencies all take the same oath. This oath …show more content…
In 1980 on a rate of 1 being the most trusted and 12 being the least, police officers in 1980 were at number 5. By 1995 the rating dropped to number 10. These finding change dramatically when race is factored in. For instance an African American would have rated trust at 11 just above a politician, who is of all 12 officials surveyed the least trusted (Deshon 2014). As stated also the loss of trust between our officers and the public is not just a matter of integrity it’s an ethical issue as well and proper education on ethics and code of office may need to be addressed more clearly not to just the newly sworn in officers but re-educating all present officers as well. The signing of the oath is yet another way for the officers to finalize their commitment of service to the public and to the oath. Not all agencies require the oath to be signed and many officers don’t even remember what all the oath states. Realistically if an officer is going to be held accountable for his/her such actions the officers should take more initiative to know and understand all ethical expectations and the oath of office affidavits. Police brutality has risen due to many different aspects. Events like the 9/11 attack on American soils caused many people to become more guarded. The loss of police officers to our military forces at this time meant that states and governments were scrambling to fill officer jobs across the US. The National Fraternal Order of Police says that

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