The activity caused by police corruption is the reason police brutality takes place. If a person does not do what the police officer at the time wants them to do, the officer may take it to heart and use violent force, which we know as police brutality. At times I do believe that race places a big role when it comes now to police corruption, because racism in police treatment of minorities has created great disparities in incarceration amongst the
Police feel as if they are unstoppable. Police brutality can also take the form of false arrests, verbal abuse. Many countries have laws which address police brutality. Under these laws police brutality is seen as a very serious offense and was investigated by a commission of district attorneys. Even with the law covering police brutality, many complaints made
In December of 2014, Eric Garner was killed after being accused of selling untaxed cigarettes, he was a black, asthmatic and unarmed man. Officers put Garner in a chokehold and even after garner stated “ I can’t breathe” officers did not back down. Since the incident, there has been an increase in the death of minorities with police encounters. The Black Lives Matter movement was established in order to bring awareness of police brutality against minorities. In “ I yelled Black Lives Matter at A Trump Rally”by Sierra Thoma, she recollects a caucasian man yelling “all lives matter” in opposition to “ black lives matter”.
Police brutality and racial profiling dates back to the 1700’s in the United States(Rushing). Unfortunately, such treatment by police continues today when police are expected to hold the civic duty to protect and serve. Mistreatment by police is just the start in most cases, when citizens fight back it becomes “brutal”. Police brutality by definition means “The use of any force exceeding that reasonably to accomplish a lawful police purpose.” Police brutality can occur in many different ways with the most common being physical harm. Although that is a big problem, there are other cases of Police brutality that involve acts of false arrest, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, etc.
In addition to protecting criminals or ignoring their activities, officers involved in drug related corruption were more likely to be involved in stealing drugs and/or money from drug dealers, selling drugs, lying under oath about illegal searches, and other crimes. Although not enough data was available upon which to base an estimate of the extent of corruption, the amount of cases of police corruption proved that it was striking enough to concern the public. The most commonly identified patterns of corruption involved small groups of officers who protected and assisted each other in criminal activities. The demands of the public and politicians, however, have caused an outrage and a fear that open investigations and accusations of corruption will cause the problem of distrust in the police to grow even greater. Some police forces seem to have adopted a market-based approach to law enforcement.
Months later, after reviewing all the evidence, the officer charged with the shooting of Michael Brown was proven justified by court of law. However many citizens in Ferguson viewed this as unjust, and while the Brown family asked for peaceful protests, the town saw violent riots for days. These Ferguson riots lasted almost a week, as shops were raided, looted, and set ablaze, with officers trying to peacefully contain the situation without violence, as to prevent another incident. One of the stores happened to be the one that was robbed by Brown, with a picture being shown of the clerk standing in the middle of his destroyed store. While the riots happened, news stations all across America aired it live as the rest of the country looked on, either praising or rejecting the actions of the
Police misuses of authority have been caught on media for numerous times. Police brutality is also becoming a new symbol of threat for almost all LA residents. Although there are some advocates who understand the excessive use of force by police officers, there should not be any exception to tolerate police officers’ use of brutal force.
In the 1990s the Rodney King case was the most commonly known police brutality case and was the beginning that build up police brutality. Other commonly known cases where sexual abuse, intimidation or harassment during an arrest, false arrest, and racial profiling by police officers. In this incident, multiple police officers abused Rodney King by tugging at him, hitting and kicking him and using their police sticks on him. A commission called the Christopher Commission was asked to investigate the the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to get details of the case and determine if more incidents of disorderly patterns of misconduct and abuse had occurred. Police Officers are a tight knit group; however, and unfortunately their “Blue Code of Silence” helped to conceal other outrageous examples of misconduct, according to Selwyn Raab of New York Times.
People of color is how the people of color react to the actions of police. The peaceful protest of people of color turns into riots of police acquittals, for example in Ferguson with the case Michael Brown where police officer killed innocent unarmed teenage Michael Brown, the black community in Ferguson spent two weeks protesting around with signs trying to be heard and show that they were in pain mourning the loss of Michael Brown but the protest got violent quickly on both sides, the community started to hurt and his innocent police officers and in order to get back at protesters and to protect themselves police used tear gas and even resorted to using guns to ward off the protesters. Another example was in Baltimore with the case of Freddie Gray the black community would protest march around the Baltimore Police Department but eventually got violent and started smashing storefronts and disturbing that baseball games in order to get attention of the police department. Bharati Mukerjee gave an example of this in her article with the L.A riots. According to Bharati Mukerjee, a English professor at The University of California at Berkeley.
Once again in the United States of America, another police officer has killed another civilian. The specific case that I saw was the incident with Mr. Terrence Crutcher. As many news stations reported he was walking with his hands up and putting them onto his car before being fatally shot by a police officer. Something that I find particularly disgusting with this incident is how the police officers were talking about Mr. Crutcher. A police officer was quoted saying, “ that looks like a bad dude too, could be on something.” As discussed in class the role of the police is usually to protect and maintain social order.