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Excessive Use Of Police Brutality

What is Police Brutality and How Can We Help Prevent It Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. Excessive use of force means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation. Police brutality can be present in a number of ways. The most obvious form of police brutality is a physical form. Police officers can use chemical gases, batons, OC spray, tasers, their fists and even guns in order to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians. Police brutality can also take the form of false arrests, verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual abuse, police corruption, and racial profiling. (Wyllie) Police brutality has taken place for almost as long…show more content…
Just how much force is appropriate under various circumstances can be debatable. When an officer uses excessive force, he or she violates the law. Most brutality is directed against minority groups or otherwise powerless populations. Officers who engage in brutality rationalize their use of extralegal force, they claim they are punishing those groups that threaten to disrupt the social order. The importance of understanding racism in the context of police brutality cannot be underestimated. Many police officials automatically regard racial minority group members as potentially dangerous regardless of their particular activities, gestures, or attire. This perception of racial minority citizens as “trouble” sometimes translates into racially discriminatory police behavior. Most police officers expect citizens to always surrender to police authority. When citizens challenge it instead, some officers view such behavior as the unofficial crime of disobeying a police officer and use physical force to gain compliance. So what can be done to help prevent police brutality around our…show more content…
Will we ever be able to stop police brutality from happening? The answer is no, but we can make people aware of it and help minimize it . There will always be some kind of complaints about police brutality happening no matter what is done because under dangerous situations that require fast action and quick thinking people will make mistakes. The only thing is to hope for the training of police to be more advanced, the officers to be more aware of their current situations, and police officers to do their best to protect the public without causing more injuries than
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