Monitoring Police Officers

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Monitoring Police Officers Police abuse: a “problem” in recent history, police throughout America risk their lives everyday to protect us from those who mean us harm. But with good, there is also bad. Some cops think they're above the law because they’re handed a glock and badge. Like good police officers and bad officers, there are good citizens and the not so good citizens. In light of recent events in Ferguson, MO, Mike Brown, an eighteen year old St. Louis native was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer. This case of potential police brutality caused riots to rage in the city of Ferguson, MO. Rioters burned down a gas station and burglarized many small businesses in the area. Could all of this been stopped with one simple solution? Numerous stories arose from the shooting. The officers side of the story; at 11:51 a.m., a call was received about a robbery at a store. The dispatcher gives a description of the robber and says the suspect is walking toward the Quick Trip convenience store. At 12:01 p.m. an officer encounters the suspects, Mike Brown and a friend, as they walked down the street. The encounter ends with Brown on the ground with 8 shots in him. What happened that made the officer shoot the teen though? St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar claims “Brown physically assaulted the officer, and during a struggle between the two, Brown reached for the officer's gun. One shot was fired within the car followed by other gunshots outside of the car (Gannett).” How could we possibly know if this was what actually happened though? For all we know the officer is making this story up to protect his career from a possible mistake that he made. Many firsthand witnesses, such as Dorian Johnson, close friend of Mike Brown, stated that the officer fired and the victim while he had his hands up in the air, showing no mercy (Lowery). Now, either of these
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