There has been many cases in which officers have been involved in high profile cases that have involved deaths of citizens. Published on January 21 through January 27 of 2016 in the New York Amsterdam News published that “a law enforcement officer was involved in two high profile brutality cases (Cops Involved in Police Brutality Cases Faces Consequences)”. As well as ‘NYPD Sergeant was involved in the death of Eric Gerber(Cops Involved in Police Brutality Cases Faces Consequences)”. These being one of the many that have been reported from many of the thousands that do not. An example of an officer using excessive physical force is when in the same News Article reported that “Sgt. Kizzy was stripped from her badge…in which an officer had placed him in an apparent choke hold(Cops Involved in Police Brutality Cases Faces Consequences)”. Even from now, there has been more reports of this issue.
Deviance is described as behavior that is not part of the norms in society. Police officers today are held to high standards due to their motto " To protect and Serve," however, not all police personnel live up to that standard. Due to police officers being held at such high standards, as authority figures some of them tend to abuse their power and engage in police deviance. Police officers have the widest range of deviant acts. These acts of Police Deviance include, police brutality, police gratuity, police shakedowns, police perjury, police profanity, police misuse of confidential information, and police drinking and abusing drugs on or off duty, just to name a few (Policecrimes.com, 2015). However, Police Brutality has to be the most
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According to The Global Research News, in the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. This humanitarian crisis in the United States has become an alarming reality. Police officers have the capability to arrest, confiscate property, and use deadly force. Yet, many have abused their powers. Police brutality is on the rise whether society believes it or not because of the advancement in technology, low education and experience, racial profiling, and people’s refusal to obey.
In 2015 there were approximately 965 police involved shootings nationwide. Police involved shooting was an issue for a while, but ever since Ferguson it’s gotten worse. In 2014 Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police, which led to a long riot and a nationwide protest of the use of force by police (Kindy et al, par.1, 4).
Every year, death tolls by American police officers shooting to kill civilians has reached up to one thousand people. Police claim that seventy percent of these shootings are justified killings, and had proper meaning in defense. In 2015, only 956 people were fatally shot by police officers. In 2016 already, the numbers of civilians and criminals shot by police is already up in the thousands. These
When hearing the phrase “police brutality,” many people imagine batons cracking skulls, tasers electrocuting bodies and bullets penetrating innocent teens. While police officers have been known to use violence, police brutality does not occur as often as many believe. In many situations, officers have to act on impulse and curiosity, despite the backlash the media may create.
Over the years, this country has witnessed many cases of police brutality. It has become a controversial topic among communities that have seen police brutality take place in front of their homes. Officers are faced with many threatening situations everyday forcing them to make split second decisions and to expect the worst and hope for the best. Police officers are given the power to take any citizens rights away and even their lives. With that kind of power comes responsibility, that’s one major concern with the amount of discretion officers have is when to use force or when to use lethal force. The use of excessive force may or not be a large predicament but should be viewed by both the police and the community.
When people think of police brutality they often think of race.A problem that needs to be solved is police brutality, which is misconduct that involves undue violence by police members(Encyclopedia). Police brutality has affected the African American community in many ways, by killing black men,women,and it has also pushed African Americans to stand for what they believe in.Many People fear the police because of the many violent crimes that they are committing. Racial tensions have been growing between African Americans and white law enforcers.They are not just affecting African Americans but they are affecting African Americans more than any other race.
Over the sequence of the past three years, the rise of the police brutality and militarization has encouraged protests across the country against police violence. Some, like those in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland were continued over several weeks and drew a massive, armed response from law-enforcement agencies. In 2017, Missouri had 27 residents lost their lives due to police shootings. Because of this, significant changes to reduce tensions in the community, and led to the appointment of a black police chief, police commander, and city manager. Yet even with the occurrence of police killings, close to 900 people are killed by police each year in the United States (The Washington Post 2017). This was the largest and most commanding protests of the era that erupted in the St. Louis area, political authorities are invulnerable to minority community demands, community-based groups and civic organizations are weak, and criticisms cannot be addressed through existing institutional channels.
Police officers are supposed to bring an aura of safety wherever they go, as they are supposed to protect everyone. There is a problem when there are people who see a police officer and immediately fear for their life. Police brutality in America has always been an issue, but it has been getting worse and worse. It also is becoming more well known. In order to put an end to police brutality, America must first recognize the problem and work toward a solution.
One the biggest issue in the criminal justice system today is Police Brutality. Police Brutality is the use of excessive force by law enforcement. It involves unreasonable force used to arrest or detain an individual that result in a serious injury. The different forms of police brutality is verbal attacks , abuse of authority , sexual assault, torture to force confession and fraud. However, the most common form is physical. There are so many cases of police using excessive force. The police have very strict rules about their use of force and the manner in which they use it. There are thousands of reports each year of assaults and ill treatment against police officers who use excessive force and violate the human
Police brutality is an act that often goes unnoticed by the vast majority of white Americans. This is the intentional use of “excessive force by an authority figure, which oftentimes ends with bruises, broken bones, bloodshed, and sometimes even death” (Harmon). While law-abiding citizens worry about protecting themselves from criminals, it has now been revealed that they must also keep an eye on those who are supposed to protect and serve.