Police Brutality And The Police

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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. While it is common for this principle to be applied in a scientific context it is capable of being relatable to other aspects of life. And this is true of police brutality. Police brutality, in any case, causes an uptick in distrust of the police. When people lose faith in the integrity and efficiency of the system that is supposed to protect them, the system then fails. To identify a problem it must first have a name. Police brutality is a problem that is steadily growing in both occurrences and awareness. Police brutality is the use of excessive force that can result in the death of its victims and quite possibly a violation of the victims right. In most cases, these acts of violence can be products of racial profiling, prejudice, and corrupt policing. The justice system, specifically the police department was built to protect and serve its people. The key to the police department 's success and also its fatal flaw is that the police must trust their people and vice versa. Otherwise, there is no effective policing system in place. Presently, we have a justice system that is corrupt on every level, each backed by those three aforementioned causes. Not only have the causes and occurrences garnered attention but the damaging effects are just as captivating. A direct effect of the people not trusting the police is the people working against the police department. People will oftentimes take justice into their own hands or will impede the expected swiftness of justice. This is done in fear of retaliation of dangerous figures in the community which the system has failed to eliminate. Other times it is in fear that police will be involved in a situation that ... ... middle of paper ... ...ing of Rodney King. In 1991, Rodney King, following a high-speed car chase was finally apprehended. What the nation saw that night was a brutal beating, "the bruises, broken leg, and the scar from the stun gun which jolted him 50,000 bolt shocks." (Adams). As explained, the minute the integrity of the police department is compromised the community will cease to trust it and will retaliate and after the Rodney Kind beating that is exactly what happened. "The following three days were marred by riots, looting, arson, and extreme violence...by the time the riots ended 55 people were dead and more than 2,000 were injured" (Adams). Given that this is not the first case of police brutality that had occurred in the United States but it certainly changed the way in which the nation viewed the police as opposed to the only the black community. Presently, the nation has seen

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