We know that police officers use excessive force, and they also use their authority to verbally abuse people. So what causes police officers to abuse their authority, and (or) leads to brutality? One of the challenges with this is that not every citizen reports a police brutality, whether they see one happening, heard of one happening from their friends or family or if they themselves were a victim of one. Another challenging issue too is that we know some brutalities are not reported; therefore it makes it harder to measure those versus what is actually reported. Police brutality wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have to police our law enforcement officers.
Police brutality is abuse by law enforcement, where a police officer feels that because he/she has a badge and a gun therefore it puts them above the law and they can use unnecessary force against another individual. Racial profiling is the tactic of stopping someone because of his or her skin color. Racial profiling mainly targets young Black and Latino men and is believed to be a justified form of law enforcement. the 1991 beating of Rodney King highlights abuse as one of the most pressing civil rights issues in the United States. It demonstrates that racism is still very real and that people continue to be treated based on the color of their skin.
Racism, a big part of police misconduct, has become a major problem in the police force. Police officers have a tendency to harass the homeless, young persons, and minorities, among with many other groups of people. Every law enforcement officer or other government official, whether federal, state, county, city, municipal, or otherwise, takes an oath of office and promises to serve and to protect. Unfortunately, over the years we have witnessed such abominations as the Rodney King beating, a graphically disturbing atrocity caught on videotape, or the Nathaniel Jones beating in Cincinnati. We read or hear stories about Amidou Diallo, an unarmed man, being shot forty-one times by the NYPD.
Police officers around the country know this is the case, they know they can abuse their power and get away with it. How can we stop officers from getting away with crimes against citizens, some which aren’t alive to defend their case. Why doesn’t our country know about police brutality like they do 9/11? Why do the police hide news when it is negative towards
Controlling Police Brutality The police have served an integral part in society as out protectors. Throughout the years, however, scholars as well as we citizens have begun to question the use of force, racism and internal corruption as well as other forms of misconduct by our officers of the law. The excessive use of force by police officers persists because of overwhelming barriers to their accountability. For instance, when police do get in trouble, it is normally a slap on the wrist, a lecture or loss of a vacation day as it stated in the article “Good Cop Bad Cop.” This fact makes it possible for officers who commit these violations to escape punishment and then often repeat their offenses. Every report of abuse is often met with denial or explanation of why the abuse was necessary instead of taking any real action like a suspension or removal of their badge in most cases.
stretching from the leaders of countries all the way down to local security guards. The most common of type of abusive power holders is the police. Cases of police brutality can be traced back to centuries ago. A very well known case would be the beating of Rodney King in witch the 31 year old African-American was killed, due to unnecessary acts of several police officers. Police violence is an unnecessary act carried out all over the world.
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.
Running head: POLICE CORRUPTION, BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN 1 Police Corruption, Brutality and Misconduct in America Michael R Celestine CJA 214 January 7, 2013 Bobby Sheppard POLICE CORRUPTION, BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN Police Corruption, Brutality and Misconduct in America Police misconduct and corruption are abuses of police authority. Sometimes used interchangeably, the terms refer to a wide range of procedural, criminal, and civil violations. Misconduct is the broadest category. Misconduct is "procedural" when it refers to police who violate police department rules and regulations; "criminal" when it refers to police who violate state and federal laws; "unconstitutional" when it refers to 2 police who violate a citizen's Civil Rights; or any combination thereof. Common forms of misconduct are excessive use of physical or Deadly Force, discriminatory arrest, physical or verbal harassment, and selective enforcement of the law (Saucier, 2001).
Group A Mrs. Johnson English 101 2 June 2015 The Effects of Police Brutality According to Wikipedia, the word "brutality" has several meanings; the sense used here (savage cruelty) was first used in 1633.The term "police brutality" was in use in the American press as early as 1872, when the Chicago Tribune reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station. Police brutality has been and continues to be a major effect on today’s society. This effects of police brutality can either be psychological, physical or can cause the victims to feel this abuse for a lifetime, meaning long term health issues. Psychological trauma faced by victims manifests itself in many ways, such as stress, anxiety, fear, paranoia, distrust, insomnia, anorexia, and depression. Such psychological symptoms can further be manifested as Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Once an officer is involved in any type of form of corruption it can interfere with the police officer’s performance. Police corruption has been in existence for decades upon decades in the police service in many forms and fashion. Regardless if an officer takes a small bribe or is involve in a drug trade, corruption exists and results in the performance of law enforcement officers being affected. In the following essay the writer will attempt to identify the various forms or types of police corruption and provide an understanding on how police corruption interferes with the performance of its members. Ethics involve making moral judgments about what is right or wrong.