America as a people gloat when it comes to our freedoms we think we have it better than every other country out there but the protectors of our freedom are becoming fear and hated because of the injustices committed by certain officers. Some say life of an officer is hard because they do not know if they will ever see their family again after they drive out of their house in the morning, others might say every officer knows what they were signing up for so they should not be pitied. Police officers face dangers everyday but profiling and racially motivated brutality is not justifiable and officers should be severely punished for committing these crimes. To begin with police officers faces more dangers than the average American citizen, “generally police are about three times as likely to be killed on the job as the average American” (Blako). “Some of the most important hazards police face are assaults, vehicle crashes, being struck by vehicles, stress, overexertion, and falls” (LaTourrette).
So in conclusion the system need to change and they need to start putting cameras on police to see whats actuallly going down. I personally dont think this can be fixed. Police are always going to be corrupted and some will get away with crimes they commit.Police officers have more powers than the average citizen; they have the power to arrest, seize property, and use deadly force. Many officers have abused these powers, and when they do, you would think they would be fired and prosecuted, right? Wrong.
The examples above are very solid examples of police brutality. The real question is what actually is considered police brutality? Many people think police brutality is only when a police officer hurts a civilian while being arrested. However it is more complex than that, Police brutality is the use of excessive physical force or it can come in the form of verbal abuse/intimidation by a member in the police force. Police brutality began to become more noticed after a major riot that changed the complete o... ... middle of paper ... ...rstand that these principles are universal though, and the bottom line is that they trump departmental procedures and custom every time” (White).
Police Brutality a Problem in America? How do we ask for help from our sworn in protectors of our justice and peace if we need protection from the police ourselves? How do we protect ourselves from these unlawful acts of being killed unjustly? Countless deaths have occurred from the unnecessary use of force and unjustified acts of violence. The real question is who or what is responsible for all of the mishaps that consequently seem to follow police officers in America daily, and what can we as a country do to put an end to the injustice?
The Abuse of Power “Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power;” as President, James Madison knew the imperfections of the people he governed. As it is with many things in life, there can always be too much of something; therefore, there is a certain degree to how much freedom and power a person can have. A police officer, or any other powerful authority can abuse the power that they have. Police brutality occurs when an officer uses “extreme physical force, verbal attacks, and threats” against a person without a fair reason for doing so. (Ostrovskii 3) It is a very serious problem that occurs worldwide.