Background Info : Police Brutality
Police brutality has been an issue ever since there has been an established entity to “serve and protect” the people. For this reason, this is going to be my topic for the remaining of the semester. Police brutality has multiple impacts on many different fields of life, it has an impact on society as a whole and the individual. But who this issue is most important to is to all the minority groups who are heavily affected by this. We are talking about the Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, etc. So practically any person that does not look white will be subject to this type of misconduct from the police. I am not saying that Caucasians do not fall victim to this type of misconduct, it is just rare that it does; it is more prevalent to people of color. This issue is important to minority groups because they do not have the privilege to walk down the street without being racially profiled, to be “paranoia-free” when an officer is nearby, and knowing that today won’t be another death for a young person in your community. Minorities have to be constantly thinking about these fears and it affects many individuals lives daily.
There are many facts that the average person does not know about police brutality. There are far more secrets that the masses know about. Many officers lie in their police reports, they can literally make anything up so they can seem like the victim and benefit from it. Therefore, they feel they have the power to do anything and get away with it. Furthermore, the system is made to always protect the police, not the person in the handcuffs. Also, there is little to no supervision, there is no one looking over the actions of police officers and to make matters even worst if there is some kind of supervision, the supervisor himself even enforces aggressive behavior. Now we are slowly seeing how police officers are constantly breaking their code of conduct, there is no type of punishment, they have no sense of fear for their actions they have committed. There is some kind justice served for their wrongdoing, but it is super rare! 51 out 1,500 officers have actually severed some kind of discipline for their wrong doing. In addition, for every 1000 person, an officer killed 1 officer is convicted. ONLY one officer out of a thousand actually gets hard time, we are talking about 1000 lives lost and only one person will actually get punished. Lastly, about 920 lives have been lost as a result of police brutality in 2015. Hence, this is why we do not see any change in the actions of the men in blue, there is little to no form of punishment for their wrong doings, resulting in them thinking they have the power to do anything they want and get away with it because they literally can; there is no justice for the lives lost in the hands of the police.
Throughout this semester, I made a goal to further expand my knowledge of this topic and inquire new outlooks, thoughts, and opinions of it. I have many questions unanswered, that I would like to have at least some of kind of answer to at the end of the semester. I want to know if cases of police brutality in other countries are as severe as in the U.S.? The percentage of officers that have broken their code of conduct? Which areas in the U.S. is police brutality is most prevalent? What type of people joins the police force? What makes it just for police officers to beat someone to death or almost to death for a petty crime? Or is police brutality is not such a big deal, only the media shedding a lot of light on it? I many more questions, but these are the main ones I wanted to provide. Thus, here is some background information on my topic of police brutality and I can not wait to learn more about it.