Police Brutality Essay

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Police brutality is a growing problem in policing. There are laws that are strict on crime, and many times depending on the situation the officers need to react a certain way. Police brutality is excessive force to a major extent, and is not treated kindly. Police brutality can occur when an arresting officer feels threatened, by the arrestee, the arresting officer will defend him/her self but if something in their head snaps it becomes a beating. Police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially also in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer. It is in some instances triggered by "contempt of cop" which is perceived disrespect towards police officers. The force a police officer should use is only a minimum amount, needed to achieve a legitimate purpose. Police brutality is a direct violation of the laws within the police force. Police brutality Is also a direct violation on the 5th and 14th constitution amendments. Police brutality can create a fear in a community or even individuals. The number of cases in the United States on police brutality is in the thousands. Many of police brutality instances are never reported due to the individuals fear, of what might come if it were to go to court. In the U.S. constitution the 5th amendment protects citizens from the abuse of government employees. The 14th amendment prohibits state and local governments from depriving any person’s life, liberty, or property without taking the proper and certain steps to ensure fairness to that individual. A lot can go into answering the question: why did u use excessive force. The answers can be race of the cop and victim, situation, looks even the victims attitude towards the arresting officer etc… There are certain things you can do to fight back using your voice, the law and the courts. If you are

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