Police work is dangerous. Sometimes police put in situations thatexcessive force is needed. But, because some officers use these extrememeasures 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 belooked 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
If the incident in
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 aformally enslaved minority African Americans are trapped in a cultural context specifically designed to inhibit their development and thus minimize their threat to white hegemony" (C.C. 72)
Executive Director of Police Misconduct Lawyers Referral Service Karol Heppe commented, “Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles,” she says. “The difference this time is someone videotaped it (C.C. 36).
Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in
“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
Police brutality is defined as involving the unnecessary and unjustified use of force be that either physical or verbal. Gerald Williams, president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) commented, “Let me assure you we are committed to a professional level of policing with an emphasis on fairness, humanity, and integrity” (C.C. 168).
Other than the police stopping brutality internally, the use of civilian review boards can be used. These boards must be able to receive all the evidence in a case, including the police audio tapes, in order to make fair judgment if excessive force was used or not. If excessive force is present in cases, these review boards must be able to punish the police or they are almost useless.
Whether or not a person believes police brutality is a serious problem, it must be stopped. In some cases, where more force is needed than in others, it is still there. Even in areas where police and the use of excessive force is not a huge problem, it must be decreased properly by both the police and the public. Finally, there needs to be rules making sure it never happens again.