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Police Brutality

  • Date Submitted: 07/28/2010 10:51 PM
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Police work is dangerous.   Sometimes police are put in situations that excessive force is needed.   But, because some officers use these extreme measures in situations when it is not, police brutality should be addressed. The use of excessive force may or may not be a large problem, but it should be looked into by both the police and public.
For those people who feel racism is not a factor in causing the use of excessive force, here is a startling fact.   In Tampa Bay, Florida, five men died while in the custody of the Tampa Bay Police Department. The thing is, the Tampa Bay Police Department is made up of white officers, but of the five men who died, none where white.   Four of the five men that died where black and the other man was a Mexican National.
If the incident in Tampa Bay does not show racism, this event might.   In New Orleans, Louisiana an African American man was pulled over for speeding and was told to step out of the vehicle.   When the man complied with the police and was out of the vehicle he proceeded to pull out his wallet and was shot 10 times.   Now ask yourself if that is racism or was it just a case of over anxious officers.   There are hundreds of cases filed a year where people file charges against police officers for police brutality.
When Yussuf Naimkly of the University of Regina was asked how he felt about racism, he commented:
"Excessive police force against blacks has always been tolerated, because as a
formally enslaved minority African Americans are trapped in a cultural context specifically designed to inhibit their development and thus minimize their threat to white hegemony"
Executive Director of Police Misconduct Lawyers Referral Service Karol Heppe commented, “Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles, CA”
Another shocking incident of Police Brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg, Ohio.   A group of officers named themselves “S.N.A.T” squad.   This acronym stood for “Special Nigger...


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