Police Brutality And The Police

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In an editorial that was recently published in New York Times, (“When Police Union Impedes Justice”) the editorial board details the issue of police corruption, and brutality. Police officers face no disciplinary threats for brutal behavior because of the contracts between the police unions and the municipal government that protect officers from getting punished for brutal behaviors. As a matter of fact, police brutality has attracted many people 's attention in recent years, especially the minorities, who feel powerless against the police. Particularly, after the deaths of Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, and Michael Brown, public outrages over police killing civilians were mention multiple times on social medias. In the end, many elected officials have realized the importance to address these issues. In the article, the author discusses about how collective bargaining agreement between the police unions and the city has prevented killing charges against the police officers. In fact, it encourages police officers to lie, the agreement bar investigators often give officers time to coordinate their accounts, and they control and limit what interrogators can do. Furthermore, the labor agreements forbid most anonymous complaints, which discourages citizens from reporting an incident over the phone or email, since most people do not want to get involved too much in a case. In order to restore public confidence in equity, the editorial board is suggesting elected officials to stop yield to police unions and demand contracts that reflect public interest. However, the editorial board doesn’t go into specifics about how police unions micromanage investigations, he does not provide any evidence to support his claim. Neither does he mention a... ... middle of paper ... ...e collective bargaining agreement. It’s likely to see editorial board’s argument leading to a better situation. The editorial board provides a solution, which is to "stop reflexively truckling to police unions and demand contracts that actually reflect the public interest." The editorial board’s solution would be hard to accomplish, because Unions are organized association formed to protect the rights and interest of their members, who is going to join their union if they can’t even protect their member’s rights? It would be really difficult to reform, and even if it does happen, it might only reduce police brutality slightly. Finally, to resolve the problem completely, we should first raise the education and mental requirements to become a police officers, and set clear policies on using force. We should also keep an eye on the matter, the task is not simple though.

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