Police Brutality Essay

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Everybody understands that police work is dangerous. Sometimes police put in situations that excessive force is needed. But, because some officers use these extreme measures in situations when it is not, police brutality should be addressed. The use of excessive force may or may not be large problem, but it should be looked into by both the police and the public. In New York City, an average of seven Latin Americans were killed a year from 1986 to 1989, but in 1990, that number increased greatly. In that year, twenty-three Innocent Latin Americans were killed by police gunfire. It is obvious that racism is still prevalent in today’s world and its no surprise that there would be racist people in the police force. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed because this can cause many problems externally as in random arrests and internally as police conflicts. People should be interviewed and maybe even subjected to a lie detector test to prove that they have no outstanding hatred toward certain people. The other situation is frustration. Police have a family’s and a life outside of police work so problems at home and social issues may effect how a police acts while they are on duty. One major incident is the U.C. Davis incident that happened not long ago. Where peaceful “Occupy” protesters were sitting on the lawn and 15 of them were pepper sprayed. The police had no reason to pepper spray them or even intervene in the protest. Another incident that happened was at Occupy Oakland police were called in to block off a street a man with a camera asked one of the officers if it was ok to film the blockade the officer agreed as long as he stayed about 20 feet back. The man walked parallel to the line until being shot with a rubber bullet by one of the cops. Despite these incidents Kansas City, Missouri, a police department there has 1,110

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