Police Brutality And The Police

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Literature Review The literature on the topic of police brutality encompasses various areas ranging from police-suspect interactions to the bias attitudes developed by particular communities in response to police brutality. There are four areas of literature to be reviewed pertaining most to my topic. First, the literature proposes how the identities of an individual affect their opinions of law enforcement, which formulates their response to interactions with the police. Next, I will examine literature surrounding social police ecology or the tendencies of the police. Subsequently, I will explore federal government laws and policies the directly affect law enforcement conduct. Finally, the remaining literature exploration will indicate the pre-existing research in relation to the effectiveness of police brutality policy. In short, the gap in the literature lies within the realm of determining if there are increases or decreases of police brutality cases in response to policy. My research intends to identify and compare the effectiveness of the multiple policies implicate thus far based on the number of police brutality cases within the past 20 years. The first cannon of literature surrounding police brutality is how various aspects of identity determine a citizen’s attitude towards the police. Greenfield (1997) and Leiber (1998) propose that younger people are more resistant and have more negative attitudes towards the police. Next, within this context, it is argued that social class affects an individual’s perception of the police. In most cases, low-class citizens have a negative connotation associated with police (Hagan & Albonetti, 1982; Henderson et al., 1997; Flanagan & Vaughn, 1996; Sampson & Bartusch, 1998; Weitzer & Tu... ... middle of paper ... ...s a plethora of literature regarding the tendencies of police and consequently, the effects that their tendencies have on individuals specifically in the minority population, but it is crucial to determine the actual effectiveness of police brutality policy. Through exploring the literature revolving around police brutality, I included only topics most central to policy and police behaviors. My extensive research indicates a gap in the overall effectiveness of national police brutality policy, which I intend to exploit through a comparative data analysis of the number of police brutality cases nationwide within the last 20 years. An analysis on the national level will call for more federal attention to the fluctuation of national police brutality as well as a comparative tool that indicates what kinds of policy policies work best and are implemented most effectively.

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