Police Brutality The EPIDEMIC police violence against people

Did police brutality go up during these last years?

The answer to that question is yes. As an expert opinion came from Alexia D. Cooper of the bureau of the justice statistics saying police killings have gone up 7 times in Oklahoma as if you compare to Georgia ("Bureau of Justice"). In a statistic from the Washington Post in may 2015 concluded “it found blacks to be killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities" ("Racial Tension and"). “Also it was found that almost a quarter of those killed were identified as mentally ill by police or family members" ("Racial Tension and"). The relationship between these two sources shows that police brutality is still going up because the police officers always find a way to cover up what happened.

Furthermore, why do police not follow the law sometimes?

The Washington Post stated that “police can back up their orders with force because it’s often a crime to disobey a lawful order from a police officer. But from a citizen’s perspective, it’s often impossible to know what is a lawful order.” Also, an expert opinion came from Seth Stoughton saying, “When we focus on whether the police acted lawfully, we are missing the chance to ask whether they acted appropriately.” The relationship between these two sources is: the police in the recent times is not fully following the law and sometimes goes above it. This causes problems in people believing and trusting the police. Therefore, police does not follow the law sometimes, in order to prevent harm from occurring to the citizens. Though many citizens may not realize the risks the police take to defend them from crimes and violence.

Also, do police officers not get the right amount of training?

According to Bearing Arms website, police get trained enough to protect themselves and the people around them. Also, “Departments settle for the bare minimum training required by law and then hope an officer doesn’t screw up or get killed” (Chang). A Vox News statistic of police training shows that police are not getting enough training when it comes to conflict. “Police academies spend 110 hours on firearms and self-defense. They spend 8 hours on conflict management,” said Alvin Chang. (Chang). The relationship between these two sources is that people are worried about the police not being prepared for situations especially with so many police killings lately. Furthermore, without proper training in community policing, the police are not as interactive with the community policies. A systematic review written by four professors in the field of criminology, law and society mentions the need of police training with community policing.

Next, how do people make the police be less aggressive when they are in conflict?

With all the police violence and brutality going around lately there is a way to protect yourself and others. Rosebud website states that you need to be aware of your rights when you are pulled over by a police officer (Rosebud). An expert opinion comes from Gillian Branstetter, a news website called the Daily Dot. He averred that dashcams or video recording devices such as cell phones are another way of protecting yourself from police brutality ("Want to Protect"). When you or another person is recording the police while they are in conflict, When the police notice you are recording it is shown that they usually back off because most policeman know that there is a lot of police violence and brutality going on and many of it has been documented. The relationship between these two sources is that there is many ways you can protect yourself and others from being hurt by the police if you know your rights and have video of them because police nowadays are starting to be more aware of what they are doing because they don't want to get fired.

Finally, are the consequences of recording a police officer too harsh?

When police are doing their job, there are bystanders recording and getting too close. The police sometimes get mad and pressured to do the right thing. A new study suggests about 10,000 people in the US each year are wrongfully convicted of crimes because they were filming or just bystanders and the police officer got irritated. The results are based on a survey of 188 judges, prosecuting attorneys, and public defenders in Ohio and 41 states. “Photography is a form of power, and people are loath to give up power, including police officers. It’s a power struggle where the citizen is protected by the law but, because it is a power struggle, sometimes that’s not enough,” says Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The relationship between these two sources show if you have more power than police; like when a person is recording them, the police become upset and try to take that power away, such as arresting you even though they cannot legally do that.

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Glossary

Withheld - The meaning of this word is to suppress or hold back.

Minorities - The meaning of this word is basically a small group.

Criminology - The meaning of this word is the study of crime.

Averred - The meaning of this word is to state or mention something as a fact.

Loath - The meaning of this word is when someone is against or unwilling to give up something.

Corrosive - The definition of corrosive is to basically cause damage or harm.

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