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Police Brutality in the United States
Transcript of Police Brutality in the United States
In the early 1900s police brutality was so bad that even department heads spoke on the topic, commenting on bruised bodies and faces of victims. Officers were never punished for these actions though, and American citizens faced the nightstick that police would carry all too often.
Police Brutality, one of America's oldest and most dangerous issues, now seems even more dangerous and pressing a matter than ever with civil rights on the decline and courts giving continuing lenience.
Since the beginning of our nation, police have used their position of power for personal gain and have become a symbol of fear and corruption in this country rather than a symbol of justice and protection.
Police brutality in the media
Controversy over the issue increased and seemed to peak after the Rodney King trial, when people in southern california responded to the acquittal of the officers who viciously beat Mr. King after he was stopped for speeding in Los Angeles.
The 8 year veteran officer, Adam McPherson, was cleared of all wrongdoing and the investigation closed on Thursday, November 7th.Tyler Comstock was unarmed when the following event occured. The killing occured on Monday, November 4th.
Let's take a look at some more recent statistics.
CBS News Article: "Tyler Comstock Killing",
By Barry Leibowitz, Nov. 8, 2013
Injustice among us.
5,986 reports of police misconduct
382 fatalities were linked to misconduct
$347,455,000 spent on misconduct related settlements and judgements
60% of misconduct
were from firearms
Only 33% of officers charged were convicted
64% of those charged recieved prison sentences
average prison sentencing
The average person
sentenced 149 months for homicide
61 months for assault
72 months for sexual assault
im wondering how on earth
anyone could find this
What do you
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Last night on the news I saw that a man was tased while trying to save his stepson from a house fire. His step child died, because the officers made a "judgement call" to wait for the fire department to arrive. How much power will we allow someone elses "judgement" to legally hold over someone elses life? How can a man in a uniforms judgement hold power over a man without a uniforms judgement? How can a mans judgement allow him to use force on another man LEGALLY and let someone elses child die in the process? How much of this is America willing to allow, is the question I am asking.