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Police Brutality

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Kailee Bryant

on 4 December 2014

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Police brutality
is defined as the use of force exceeding that reasonably necessary to accomplish a lawful police purpose.

•It is a
personal issue
to those who are affected directly.

•It becomes a
public issue
when the community is affected, and/or retaliates to a specific incident or the subject in general.
Structural-Functionalist Perspective
•"When the criminal justice system is biased against the poor and people of color, then society is permitting what is called
institutionalized deviance
" (Social Problems, pg. 12).

•Distribution of power
Defining the Social Problem
•The use of the media to recognize social issues.
-Media has an impact on what you know, how much you know, and how you react to the issues.

•What does the media cover? How often?
Solutions to the Social Problem
•Whose values does it threaten?

•What social Institution or structure does it threaten?
Police Brutality
Kailee Bryant & Cayla Carr
Dr. So
SOC 211-501

Framing the Social Problem
Cultural Values
Four Stages of Identifying a Problem
the personal condition into a public condition

the problem

the formal response tot he condition

the system or working outside the system
Cultural Values
Sociological Imagination
Human behavior is directly linked to the structure of societies.
-What does the society value?
-What is the social norm?

Perceptions are influenced by society and how it structured.
-Who is associated with crime?
-Who is associated with law enforcement?
Eitzen, D, 2012, Social Problems. Boston MA 12 ed. Karen Hanson

Desilver, D, "Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait". Retrieved October , 2014 Available: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/13/whos-poor-in-america-50-years-into-the-war-on-poverty-a-data-portrait

DeSilver, D, "Who's Poor in America Charts/Maps". Retrieved November, 2014

Hayes, Z , 2011, Police Use of Excessive Force in Disorganized Neighborhoods. El Paso Texas ; Vol . ; . LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC

Walker, S , 2010, Holding Police Accountable. Washington D.C. ; ed , Vol . ; . The Urban Institute Press

Niskanen, W, "Crime, Police, and Root Causes". Retrieved November, 2014 Available: www.cato.org

Rosenbaum, D , 2005, Attitudes Toward the Police: The Effects of Direct and Vicarious Experience. Chicago Illinoise ; Vol . 8 . Sage Publications
Cultural Universals
Solutions to the Social Problem
Poverty Crime Police Brutality
Where is this Social Problem?
Police Brutality Cases
•Study by the Cato Institute
Correlation of crime and poverty
•Civil Rights Movement
-Black Panthers were formed to protect against
police brutality
Robert Davis
Frank Jude
Rodney King
Sean Bell
Timothy Thomas
Police Brutality Cases
Abner Louima
Robert Mitchell
Amadou Diallo
Kathryn Johnston
Cultural Values:
-What is socially defined as good/bad, acceptable/unacceptable, right/wrong, justice/injustice?

"Culture refers to the knowledge that the members of a social organization-in this case, a society-share" (Social Problems, pg. 100)
Negative Consequences of the Social Problem
Individuals shape their attitudes and values around experience, whether direct or vicarious.

Police shape their interactions and behaviors around the way the majority feels about them.

Police cannot solve issues within the community without support of the community, while the community can't support law enforcement when they are not in line with their cultural values.
Rosenbaum, 2005
Police Brutality is common in other countries.
-Do you think the condition is worse in the U.S.?
United Nations Respond to Police Butality Issue In US
How Does One's Society Respond to the Condition?
•Social problems can unify communities and encourage change in policy.
•A condition in one society can help other societies.
Hayes, 2011
The number of people who riot in retaliation of police brutality.
President Obama recognized the events as a social problem and declared a need for change.
•Body Cameras & Dash Cameras
-93% police officers are exonerated because of the use of body/dash cams
-Discourages the bad, encourages the good
Self-fulfilling Prophecy
Better training and more experience may help eliminate the perceptions cops have on individuals and groups, which can actually lead to less crime in "targeted areas."
Walker, 2010
Police Brutality exists all over our country.
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