Police Brutality By: kaleb Ernst


At what point is police brutality too much? For years protesting has occurred in the biggest cities and on the largest streets in regard to police brutality. During these protests the crowd control are those who are being protested against. This in part has also been problematic. These problems have arose and caused police to lose faith and they are having to use more force. Police actions are often considered justified but studies convey that police brutality effects racism, trust of law enforcement, and the police officer's ability to enforce laws.


In today's modern world, racial profiling has surfaced do to police training. Every peace officer is required to have one hour of racial profiling training per year. This may not be a lot, but it has brought forth a new way of policing. According to Deborah Kops "racial profiling is based on race, dress, neighborhood, and time of day" (Kops). This explains the training law enforcement receive in regards to finding probable cause. Police officers have been accused and convicted time and time again under racial charges. Do to a case involving racial profiling we find a second hand account by Steve Lambert "...his [the victim's] father and two other witnesses were handcuffed and kept on the ground for 40 min... it was clear that these three individuals were not a threat or danger" (Steve). This information reflects how aggressive police are being towards those who are being racially profiled. Police have put body cameras into action to stop these horrendous acts. These measures have helped to suppress racial profiling, but it has not completely stopped the way police are treating minorities and in some cases those who are of a different race than the officers.


Police officers are causing havoc. For weeks at a time, many people of all different races have come together to protest against police. This can only show one thing, police are not trusted. If men and women are willing to go out of their way to protest against their protective force then how can law enforcement be trusted to do their job? Law enforcement officers have struggled for many years with trust. For some minorities they do not trust police because of encounters they have had. A government official stated, "Racial and ethnic minority perceptions that the police lack lawfulness and legitimacy, based largely on their encounters with the police, can lead to distrust of the police. Distrust of police has serious consequences. It undermines the legitimacy of law enforcement, and without legitimacy police lose their ability and authority to function effectively (Race). This reveals the lack of trust the police officers have because of the stereotypical perception they have gathered from the news and wrongful acts the have committed. One expert stated, "They're the ones taking all the risk...but that doesn't mean...society gives them free rein to use whatever they want" (Stewert 14). This demonstrates that police feel they have the right to do whatever they want because they are taking all the risk but in part these actions are causing them to be distrusted.


Police are losing their ability. Law enforcement officers are losing their ability to enforce laws, and they are losing it fast. A time magazine author stated "Fifty-two percent of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the police, a new poll finds, down 5% from 2013 and marking the lowest since 1993. This uncovers that the police have lacked confidence for many years but this research reveals an all time low. Without confidence the police have no real backbone to their department. The police may be able to keep many minorities and social classes in check but they will slowly lose all their power and lose their ability to enforce laws. This ability being stripped from them has been shown in many cases such as "A 2004 case and a 2010 case both showed evidence of police brutality when two men were paralyzed after a ride in a police van" (Von). Police force has gotten out of hand and these cases show that police are having to use unnecessary force to enforce their laws.

Call to Action

Police have brought problems to the world through racism, lack of trust, and losing their ability to enforce laws. The police have made grave efforts to change the way they are seen but they have not made a big dent in their case. These views on police need to stop if we want to have a trusted form of protection. To see how police act visit your local department and form a relationship with your peace officers.

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