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Police Brutality

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on 18 December 2014

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Transcript of Police Brutality

Police Brutality
By: Luciano Papagno
Gather research
Sociological Imagination
How is it personal and public in nature?
I've witnessed police brutality in Miami. It discourages in the belief that police officers should be protecting and serving our country in a positive way of security. making us question our government and our safety.
Provide a historical perspective on this issue?
Police brutality has been around for many years and continues to come up in our generation. In the past with african americans obtaining civil rights. Many were beaten for protesting peacefully. The Eric Garner case in New York City where he was choked to death by police officers for selling individual cigarettes.
How are individual biographies influenced by this history?
Throughout history, various races have been affected by stereotyped police brutality, causing fear, disrespect, and serious backfire towards authority.

What function does this issue have in society?
The police are given too much power which instills a sense of superiority.
How does this issue contribute to social to social stability?
When police are doing there job right they provide security and protection.
How does this issue contribute to social instability?
When the use of police brutality is performed, it causes us to feel like we should take control and fight back, peacefully or violently. In which riots and protests are made.
In Miami a 14 year old choked for "dehumanizing stares".

Functional/Structuralist Perspective
Conflict Perspective
In what ways does your issue relate to power, status, and access to resources?
It leads to a certain power to police officers in which i agree they should have to protect us and hold peace. The status of police officers is to protect humanity from certain harm from other individuals and obey the laws provided to us.
What inequalities are involved?
The inequalities of of racial profiling they use is sometimes unequal to americans. The power given to them is somewhat over-doing it.
In what ways does this issue relate to social stratification?
People that are poorer receive more police interaction then wealthier people.
Interactionist Perspective
How does this issue influence individual or small group behavior?
It influences people by responding in a negative and brutal way with force in riots. It could also affect the media with back and forth propaganda. However it does show that they don't hold back on there job so it alerts criminals to watch out. (which is good) It's just wrong for a person that is suppose to protect and serve to misuse the way there suppose to be doing there job in the right way.

How and why is this issue socially meaningful and what role does culture play?
Explain how this issue is a matter of normative and/or deviant behavior?
It's deviant behavior because police are allowed to falsely identify themselves. Giving them a sense of power.
Police brutality is the use of excessive force. Usually physical, but also found most common in forms of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by police officers.
This issue is meaningful since we have to live by obeying the law and is enforced by these power hogs officers. Officers are given power in order to protect citizens from inconsiderate people that think they can do what they want. police officers should continue doing their job in the correct way.
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