Police Brutality

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Police Brutality and Race Police brutality is not a new problem in the United States. It has occurred throughout history and has affected all genders, ethnicities, and races. Recently, however, police brutality towards African Americans has become a controversial topic in the news media, and has prompted heated discussions and angry public outcry about race relations and civil rights throughout all sections of the country. Ever since the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, which was caught on camera and viewed widely on national television and on social media, the police have been under scrutiny by both the news media and the general population to stop their use of physical force and unnecessary violence when apprehending and confronting criminals.…show more content…
According a study conducted by Chaney and Robertson, American’s attitudes about police officers have changed dramatically in the past ten years. Their study, which appeared in The Journal of African American Studies, suggests that instead of feeling safe and protected by police, many citizens actually feel animosity towards police officers, and are mistrustful and suspicious towards them (Chaney and Robertson 480). This situation seems almost impossible to rectify, especially since law enforcement is given the authority and the privilege to use force not only by the law, but also by society. In order to allow law enforcement officers this power, the public must completely trust those who are protecting them, and must believe that police are using force responsibly and ethically. People naturally assume that the police are well-trained to use force appropriately and fairly without prejudices. Sadly, According to Ross, the training given to law enforcement officers is inadequate and, in many instances, even biased against those who they think are a threat. In truth, there is no uniform preparation of law enforcement officers, no federal rules or guidelines regulating their training, and as of yet, no consistent set of federal standards for police confrontations (Ross). Envisioning a future without race-based police brutality seems almost unachievable. So what can be done to improve the racial bias that proliferates police departments and law enforcement officers? Surprisingly, there are many possible solutions to overcome this challenging crisis. As suggested by Weitzer in his article, “American Policing Under Fire: Misconduct and Reform”, the first step would be to racially diversify police departments throughout the country (Weitzer). He believes that there are many
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