Exploring the Destructive Impacts of Police Brutality

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Effects of Police Brutality There has always been times where police officers and other authority figures have been accused of abusing their power. In the past three or four years, it seems that it has become more common that police have been at fault for killing or injuring people of various ages when attempting to detain them. Police brutality has a negative affect on all lives directly or indirectly through racial profiling, protests, and media. Being part of a minority group, one is subject to racial profiling which is when someone creates a stereotype of the person because of his or her race, ethnicity, or religion. The “evidence shows that racial minorities are systematically victimized, without cause, in public, when driving, at work, …show more content…

The civilians are worried about what they have done wrong or if they have done anything at all; therefore, they are on edge and could very easily become very defensive toward the officer which would make the officer worry more. When the officer is approaching a vehicle, a single person or a group of people, he or she will be assessing the situation. Is the the person armed, is he or she hiding anything, is anyone hiding in the car or behind an object to where he or she could injure me? are all questions that an officer could be thinking of when entering a situation. Have two people who are on edge, jumpy, and have many thoughts going through their head can result in misjudgment, quick actions, and poor decisions. The amount of incidents “4,778 alleged victims; 258 fatalities” have sparked people’s attention to how common violent meetings with the police are (Lendman 3). With that many victims and fatalities, anyone who is pulled over will be hoping that they do not become part of the statistic. The feeling one will have toward an police officer will be negative and defensive. Being on guard at all times and knowing how police can react, that mindset and and preconception of all police are bad can put a person in a seriously dangerous situation. When the stories go public the people have opinions, and like to express …show more content…

The likelihood of a social media user to not hearing, or reading anything on a trending topic especially one involving police brutality is very uncommon. After the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, “over 3.6 million post appeared on twitter documenting and reflecting on the emerging details of Michael Brown’s death,”(Bonilla and Rosa 1). Anyone who reads of an incident such as this, will not have a good feeling about what is happening no matter who the person is. If 3.6 million people have given their opinion or given information about the incident, it must have some meaning to those 3.6 million people. Out of all of the tweets made with the hashtag “#Ferguson”some would be about the actual event, people’s opinion, or just a general statement with the hashtag added to the end (Bonilla and Rosa 5). With all of the statements made, one would find a few that are not very accurate or appropriate for the situation, but with all of the opinions in 3.6 million tweets, someone in that huge number of people will have an idea that they chose to share and makes an impact on the ones who read it. That opinion can generate many thoughts from the many readers that can be positive or negative. Other very popular hashtags such as; #HandsUpDontShoot, #hoodiesUp,

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that police brutality has a negative impact on all lives directly or indirectly through racial profiling, protests, and media.
  • Explains that racial profiling and prejudice are major contributors in police brutality cases. stereotypes and preconceptions of races and religions are dangerous for police officers when it comes to traffic stops.
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