Police Brutality Essay

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Police work is dangerous. Sometimes police are 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. For those people who feel racism is not a factor in causing the use of excessive force, here is a startling fact. In Tampa Bay, Florida, five men died while in the custody of the Tampa Bay police department. The thing is, the Tampa bay police department is made up of mostly white officers, but the five men who dies, non were white. Four of the five men that died where African Americans, and the other man was Mexican. In New York City, an average of seven Latin Americans were killed a year between 1986 to 1989 but, in 1990, that number increased greatly. In that year, twenty three Latin Americans were killed by police gunfire. When asked how he felt about racism being involved in police brutality, Yussuf Naimkly of the University of Regina Commented: “Excessive police force against blacks has always been tolerated, because as a formally enslaved minority African Americans are trapped in a cultural context specifically designed to inhibit their development and thus minimize their threat to white hegemony”. Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg Ohio. A group of offices named themselves “S.N.A.T” squad. This acronym stood for “Special Nigger Arrest Team” and they made it a point to harass African Americans whenever. “The number of people killed by police has gone down from the middle 1970’s to the middle 1980’s in major cities,” says Patrick V. Murphy, former head of police commissions in Detroit, New York, and Washington, D.C. Also, in Kansas City, Missouri, a police department there has 1,110

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