Community Policing Essay

1082 WordsApr 21, 20155 Pages
Police brutality has been a problem within our society for some time now. Due to the many amount of cases, police brutality has shaped a view amongst the lower class that enforcers of the law tend to take advantage of their given power. Seems like police officers feel as if their implementation of the law is a congressional shield against the consequences of violating laws. In most cases of police brutality there is excessive force being used and unnecessary physical force and sometimes even deadly force. Police brutality has impacted our society because it changed the view of local authority; they went from being heroes of our communities to the vigilantes that we watch over our shoulders. Although police brutality has had its effect on our community, there are ways we can reduce the amount of abuse of the police. One of the most famous cases of police brutality takes place in 1991 in Los Angeles, California, where a black man named Rodney King was apprehended by local law enforcement and severely beaten beyond the point of recognition. The four officers that took part in the act were put to trial for using excessive force but however were later acquitted. In most recent news, in the summer of 2014, Eric Garner, a African American male, was stopped by the police because he was suspected for selling illegal cigarettes. And eventually, resisting arrest, which gave the opportunity to Officer Daniel Pantaleo to use a prohibited chokehold to take him down, that was ruled as homicide. However, Officer Daniel Pantaleo wasn't indicted. Around the same time a similar incident occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown, an African American teen who was unarmed, who was suspected of stealing earlier that day. Officer Darren Wilson caught up to Mike Brown in his car, and an altercation happened between Officer

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