Each year, thousands of reports occur involving some sort of police brutality. Police brutality has been in the media for some time now. Police brutality is when in any situation a civilian is harmed due to force by a police officer. Police brutality is continuing to be questioned because police officers are continuing to abuse their authority. Police officers are acting in brutal manners to control detained suspects.
Since this incident there have been many instances of people in authority racially profiling blacks, which consequently often leads to police brutality. Such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Grey and Tamir Rice. All of these men were unarmed and unjustly killed. Protests started to pop up around many major cities in the USA, demanding for the police force and government to change their ways. Two major protests were in Ferguson, MO in 2014 and Baltimore, MD in 2015.
Everything about this case was different. The fact that it was highly profiled and with it being televised. This case left everybody vulnerable, it pointed out all the problems of the criminal justice system. Racially a lot of backlash was going on due to the Rodney King beating by LAPD officers. All through police history in the Unified States and around the globe there have been various occurrences of detailed police ruthlessness and different types of debasement including taking fixes, burglary, sexual aberrance, and some more.
This violence that has occurred for so many years has caused an outrage among society (Bach, 2014). Recent police shootings have also caused retaliation, such as riots, protests, and killings of police officers (Bach, 2014). Police brutality has negatively transformed society’s perspective of the police because of the racial divide, racial profiling, and numerous senseless deaths committed by police officers. Police brutality is not a new issue in our country and has been occurring for many years (Bach, 2014). The use of excessive force is a problem that police departments have to take into their own hands to ensure officers
Fatal chokings, unjustified shootings, severe beatings, etc. all revolve around the ever-present problem of police brutality nationwide. According to Merriam Webster, police brutality is the use of excessive force, physically or verbally, by a police officer. Recently, in the United States, statistics show that there have been over 2,500 incidents against people of color. Even though there have been multiple reported incidents through all kinds of platforms such as videos and pictures showcasing these brutal police encounters, it is clear that the efforts to stop this are yet to be effective.
There has been several indicents that have taken place in Baltimore, Maryland that required major attention by the police, but one main event that drew the attention of the Baltimore Police Department was dealing with Sam and Earl Veney. Sam and Earl Veney robbed a liquor store in December 1964. The two black men also shot two police officers, killing one. They were caught and convicted. But the police manhunt in Baltimore for the Veney brothers became almost as infamous as their crimes.
Abstract Police Brutality Police brutality against minorities has been a problem over the years. Police brutality is the use of excessive physical force including beating citizens with hands or batons stun guns, teargas and even lethal weapons (Walter, 2014) Police brutality has caused severe physical harm over the year but it may also involve psychological harm through the use of intimidation tactics beyond the scope of officially sanctioned police procedures. Police brutality has been a major problem in many areas among law enforcement officers through the mistreatment of unarmed citizens. Although police brutality is illegal in many areas, many incidents of police brutality go unreported and prosecuted. The Police Misconduct Provision
Recently in the United States there has been in increase in deaths that have come from police officers using deadly force. The use of force is inevitable as a police officer, many times their own lives or the life’s civilians are at risk when it comes to determine what type of force a officer should use. There are many incidents where police officer have to react in a matter of seconds and has to choose between his own life or that of the individual causing the disturbance. When a Police Officer uses deadly force has caused outraged with the public, stirring up protests and creating a scandal for the police officer and the Police Department. Many do not know when it is right for an officer to use deadly force and what constitutes it, or what happens when the officer does not use the appropriate amount of force that is required to control the situation.
What was even more disturbing is the mentality the LAPD displayed to the public and the details of how this mentality of policing led up to this particular incident. This type of ethical deviance is something the public has not seen since the civil rights era. Little did Chief Gates, the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, and the LAPD know what the consequences of their actions would lead to. Moving forward in time to the verdict of those police officers being acquitted of the charges, the public sentiment spiraled into an outrage. The disbelief and shock of the citizens of Los Angeles sparked a mammoth rioting that lasted for six days.
The traffic stop of Marquette Frye made the community believe excessive force was used. Once the residents of the Watts suburb witnessed Marquette, his brother and mother get arrested they went into battle mode. The riot got so bad that the California National Guard was called to active duty to assist in controlling the rioting. The five Evans 2 days of violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed. In th... ... middle of paper ... ...s. In both cases people in poverty didn’t have many opportunities coming their way.