We Must Put an End to Police Brutality

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Could you imagine being pulled over for a speeding ticket and ending up in the hospital? Or getting in a car accident then being shot in the stomach? It’s hard to grasp but things like this happen every single day in America, the prime suspects… our police force. There are various stories and reports that all support one consensus; our law enforcement officers are overstepping their boundaries and transcending the division between military and police as well as inching America toward being a police state. Preventative measures must be taken or the future of our freedom will be glum. There are many solutions for this issue for example: restrict police force numbers, amend the constitution accordingly, and stop the domestic use of military equipment. Police officers continue to accrue more and more power and they aren’t taking it from the government, they’re taking it from the American people; whom, as a whole, have fallen into a sort of “consciousness slumber” and consistently fail to truly recognize the dangers that our law enforcement, those given the duty to serve and protect, imposes on our civil rights and safety and something must be done about it. A police state by definition is “a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police….” (Merriam-Webster). In an article by the Huffington Post Radley Balko described how our police force is becoming more like the military with drones, heavy artillery, and armored vehicles and also how the population is becoming more aware; 37% of people polled say that it is necessary, 58% say that it’s gone too far, and the remaining 5% refused to give an answe... ... middle of paper ... ...441/how-to-fight-police-brutality/> "Is the U.S. Becoming a Police State?" The Premier Online Debate Website. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. . "Miranda." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 May 2014. . The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2005. Print. O’Donnell, Lawrence. Deadly Force: The True Story of How a Badge Can Become a License to Kill. New York: W. Morrow, 1983. Print. Wentendorf, Diane. "Police Culture; The Brotherhood." Abuse of Power. Diane Wentendorf, 3 Feb. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014. . Whitehead, John W. "Vigilantes With a Badge: The War Against the American People." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.
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