Controlling Police Brutality

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Controlling Police Brutality The police have served an integral part in society as out protectors. Throughout the years, however, scholars as well as we citizens have begun to question the use of force, racism and internal corruption as well as other forms of misconduct by our officers of the law. The excessive use of force by police officers persists because of overwhelming barriers to their accountability. For instance, when police do get in trouble, it is normally a slap on the wrist, a lecture or loss of a vacation day as it stated in the article “Good Cop Bad Cop.” This fact makes it possible for officers who commit these violations to escape punishment and then often repeat their offenses. Every report of abuse is often met with denial or explanation of why the abuse was necessary instead of taking any real action like a suspension or removal of their badge in most cases. Police departments seem to be paying more money defending themselves in court than on proper training of their police officers. Each precinct has their own, yet similar set of rules and regulations when it comes to use of force, as we learned from out two officer speakers. According to our San Diego precincts, the only time they are to use deadly force is when they, or civilians are in a life threatening situations. There are many examples of excessive force that will examine what’s being done to address the issue. In recent years, police actions, particularly police abuse, has been revealed to the public. While citizens are worried about the criminals around them, they are now also worried about the people who are supposed to be protecting them. A good example of this can be found in the article “End Police Brutality” by the Law Journal for Social Justice from an incident that happened in October 2010 stating that: Elvira was embroiled in a domestic dispute involving

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