Persuasive Essay About Police Brutality

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“It 's been rough for me trying to find my position in the struggle and where my voice is needed and helpful. You know, I grew up in Philadelphia, and Philadelphia has a really rough police-brutality history. I grew up in a neighborhood where it was very clear that the police were "them" and we were "us".” said famous actor Will Smith. This quotation is very powerful to me, because with Will Smith being at his status where he is today, I would suspect him not to be the “typical” target for police brutality. He is a role model to very many people, and a man who looks like his morals are in the right places, but when he was a kid he still separated himself from the men and women in uniform who were suppose to make him feel safe. Many Americans…show more content…
Breaking one of these laws is a very serious offense and will be investigated by a district attorney. Unfortunately, even with the laws covering police brutality, many accusations made by civilians about unnecessary use of force are not investigated. Researches think that police brutality happens because police are authorized to use whatever force when necessary, and often times it is very hard to prove that police brutality has taken place. Officers now are starting to constantly record all interaction that may take place while they are on duty, so that late the reordered conversations may be looked at in the case of an investigation. Sociologically, cops commit brutality crimes because of the social status of the victim. It’s less common that an officer will be assaulting someone of high status. Also it is more likely that an officer will take action against a person a lower status if they are accused by a person with a high status. The officer in most cases will turn the cheek on the lower status victim whose accuser is of lower status as well. (Geller, William A., and Hans Toch.) Statistically police misconduct is on the rise. In 2010 there were around 4, 861 reports of police misconduct. (Packman, David) Out of these four thousand reports a total of 6,613 sworn officers were involved. With about 6,626 different victims, and 247 fatalities from these reports.…show more content…
Police officers have made an oath to protect and serve every individual within the states no mater their ethnicity or beliefs, but are they protecting and serving, or profiling and shooting. Although some police abuse their power not all, until the police statistics about misconduct begin to shape up, many people will not know if they can trust them. There are many different ways a police officer can abuse their power; excessive force and abuse are just two major ways. The term excessive force is hard to define; however, it can be defined as the use of force greater than that which a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances is generally considered to be excessive. The frequency of police use-of-force events that may be defined as justified or excessive is difficult to estimate. There is no national database of officer-involved shootings or incidents in which police use excessive force. Most agencies keep such records, but no mechanism exists to produce a national estimate. (Police Use of Force.) This makes it very hard to put into context how often this happens, but it does happen quite a bit. Police do also abuse their power by sexual misconducts. Sexual misconduct is 10.4% of all reported misconducts by an officer. (2010 Q3 National Police Misconduct Statistical
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