Police Brutality in the United States Police Brutality crime rates have been increasing each year and it needs to stop now

Glossary

Fatally - To be injured so bad that someone or something is on the verge of death

Methodical - done according to a systematic or established form of procedure

Benchmark - a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed

Mortality - rate, or death rate, is a measure of the number of deaths (in general, or due to a specific cause)

Reforms - To make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it

Minority - the smaller number or part, especially a number that is less than half the whole number

People around the United States go out into the cities to protest against police brutality

Why are most police brutality cases between a white officer and a black or minority victim?

Police Brutality cases continue to happen because nothing ever changes when it comes to the victim and a white officer thinking it is okay to shoot or harm an unarmed criminal. Meaning police officers do not change the way they act towards minority victims. But another thing is that stereotypical African American males keep a bad image to themselves by continuing to be involved in crimes. Author Issac Bailey from CNN states in their article, “In the US, there are such things as stereotypes and it is said that many cops believe when a black male criminal usually is reaching for something it is most certainly a weapon”. Which is not always the case and this opinion should not be made when choosing to take someone’s life. But over the years that is how many African American males public figures have been formed. Many cases for police brutality have a white cop and black victim involved. But in many other police brutality cases the cop has unfair judgement towards minority victims. In the article Police Reforms Demanded at Oakland Forum by Matthew Artz it states, “Police treat minorities very harshly when it comes to their police work”. When they refer to minorities they are mostly referring to a African American victim. Not all of these cases have a racist officer but it is how the media portrays them to the public is how we hear how they the incident happened. The public does not get all the details right away. It is how we choose to take the news, if we think it was an “accident” or a if the officer was in real danger. These cases will continue to happen if no changes occur to our society.

Can these cases be prevented from continuing to happen?

We as the US can prevent these cases from continuing to happen. Ashley Southhall from the New York Times states, “ The United States needs to change the standard for “use of force for officers”. Changing the way officers use of force is applied to a victim will help make sure that they can’t hurt any innocent people. But this alone will not only prevent these situations from still coming up. In 2015 the Washington Post reported that over 385 fatal police shootings had occurred and it was reported that blacks were killed 3 times the rate of whites or other minorities in those cases. Later in her article Ashley Southall states, “Having the government makes laws stating that every officer on duty is required to wear a body camera”. This will help investigators see what actually happened when the events took place. These could be very beneficial when it comes to solving the case and to see if either side was lying to protect themselves from the future consequences of their actions. Also in 2015, 30% of black victims that were completely unarmed were killed compared to 19% of white victims. This debate sparks another question of what else does the government need to do in order to make this trend stop?

What can the government do to prevent these cases from happening?

The amount of police brutality cases can go down but it is going to take some time for our country to make some serious changes. Governor Chris Christie states in a video with CNN news that he believes officers around the United States need to be retrained on how to act during a situation and learn to not let emotions get the best of them and cause them to take another person's life unless the officer’s life is in real danger. Another suggestion that has been appointed to the government has been to hire more female officers. Author Katie Stringer states in her article, “Women are less likely to use excessive force than male officers. Female officers account for only 5% of citizen complaints for use of excessive force”. This will help lower police brutality crime rates since female officers are not often involved in these types of cases. Male officers won’t stop this trend because so many of the are overly aggressive when it comes to their job. But with this data is shows women police officers won’t bring violence to a situation that does not need any. Another big reason to help this problem to stop from happening is to stop thinking blacks deserve worse punishments than whites.

Not only are African American's against police brutality but other races stand up for one another to stop this trend from continuing to happen

Why do blacks “deserve” worse punishments for their actions than whites?

Many people that are hurt during a police brutality case are usually an African American. Jacqueline Howard writes in her article, “There are a lot of police officers that are racist in the US and they use their badge an act to treat blacks and others anyway they want. Not thinking that they will get into any trouble for their actions”. As an officer of the law it is not alright for you to be racist towards anyone. You can not have any racial bias towards anyone because as in police brutality cases it can cost someone their life. Shaun Gabiddon from Criminological Theories on Race and Crime states, “that black males are usually looked at as the stereotypical criminals and this causes police officers to use excessive force when it comes to cases with a black male as the criminal”. Over the years many African American males have shaped their image in a very negative way in the eyes of many officers. But this does not apply to every black person in the country. In the end, punishments should not be decided on the color of someone’s color.

Who is to blame for these types of cases happening?

Police officers and the victims of police brutality cases are both to blame for these cases continuing throughout the United States. The victim does not need to have made the bad decisions that they did. Meaning they don’t need to be on the wrong side of the law to even be involved with the police. Ashley Southhall states in her article, “One thing that can make police brutality numbers to go down is just for the incidents to just not happen, if you don’t get in that situation in the first place then nothing bad can happen”. She is right by saying this, if people would just obey the law then they are not putting their lives in the officer's hands. But that still does not make it alright for a cop to shoot an unarmed victim. Cassandra Chaney wrote in her article Racism and Police Brutality in America, “Blaming cops is not what should happen when it comes to these cases. They are doing their job most of the time, people of the public only get a minor portion of the details of what actually happened”. Making assumptions with not all the facts is what many people do in America. We can not blame anyone unless we know everything that went on and we have to make sure that the info we get is accurate before making our final decisions on who is to blame.

The message here is that cops openly shoot blacks and are out hunting them when they are on the streets
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