Police brutality is a know common sight found all over the world.
The corruption of power is an ongoing problem in the world today that puts countries in turmoil. Police brutality is one such corruption that puts unprovoked violence and harm on people. Police brutality is a crime in the United States that plagues the country; it has gone virtually unnoticed through the years. Few police officers ever face trial for shooting deaths, let alone are convicted.In recent years, fatal shootings of unarmed black men across the United States have sparked some outrage and concerns over police use of lethal force. Despite several high-profile cases and increased video evidence, convictions have been a rare.
Jose Guerena, a man with a wife and children was shot mercilessly 72 times when cops entered his house in Tucson and Jose grabbed a gun to defend himself and his family. He never shot back at the police and his gun remained on safety during the whole event. This fact makes it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses. One man was viciously attacked by an officer while playing pool inside a bar after jarring a woman. This would be a reason to wonder if the cop had correct information about the man he was attacking and why he had to tackle and beat him. A man’s house was burnt to a skeleton structure and he was beat to death by SWAT, this man was clear of charges. Law enforcement clearly did not have any idea of what they were doing and it cost a man his house, but much more importantly his life.
-Police brutality has its own reasons that, to some, may be appalling. Racism, as the main cause of brutality has lead police officers to choose their victims depending on their race. Racial profiling is another way law enforcement wrongs American citizens. Racial profiling is when a law enforcement member targets individuals for suspicion of crime because of a individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. African Americans get affected most by profiling, no one is safe from profiling because officers of a different races. No one of different race is safe even if they obey all of the laws and help the community more than the officer wrongfully suspecting them of a crime.
“Skin color has become evidence of the tendency to commit crime, and police use this “evidence” against people of difference all of the time. Racial profiling also leads to the checking of African Americans and Latinos more for drug paraphernalia than whites, leading to them having higher numbers of those crimes reported”. Police brutality is so common and it currently occurs in the United States, remaining unrecognized by. In New Jersey, Governor Christine Todd Whitman openly admitted to racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the case of Abner Louima while the officers were committing this heinous crime they were quoted for saying that this is Guiliani time. This type of action implies that these are not a few isolated incidents and that it goes much deeper than just that group of officers.
Don Jackson a former police sergeant in Hawthorne California states, “Excessive police force against blacks has always been tolerated”. Investigations won’t make a difference the investigators support the police and more importantly the support the racist mentality that is responsible for most of the brutality. Brutality does not only affect the people who were attacked but also the people who either saw, heard of, or know of the person attacked. When citizens get attacked by the very people who protect them they will lose their sense of trust in the law. Once law enforcement no longer has the trust of the people they cannot do their job properly because no one would want to help the monster they saw hurt a criminal or an innocent person beyond needed. Police or public officials greet each new report of brutality with denials or explain that the act was an aberration. Of course, police officers face dangers everyday but profiling and racially motivated brutality is not justifiable and officers should be severely punished for committing these crimes. Police officers primary responsibility is to protect and serve citizens and communities, not to abuse laws by hurting innocent people.
The effect of police brutality can be seen all around the world; people fear their own police rather than rely on it. It doesn’t only affect foreign countries, it also impacts the United States, and hundreds of people of the U.S. are brutalized every year because of unethical cops. Even though the amount of policemen that hurt people unprovoked is small, many policemen are repeated offenders who will continue to injure people. Those offenders need to be impeached of their wrongdoing and punishments need to be given. Power shouldn’t be given to those who will abuse it and exert their power on those below them.State, and federal officials are responsible for holding police officers accountable for abusive acts.
Police officials ensure that police officers are punished when they violate administrative rules while state and federal prosecutors must prosecute criminal acts committed by officers, and where appropriate, complicity by their superior officers. Each of these entities applies different standards when reviewing officer duties for an alleged abuse. All of these authorities have an obligation to ensure that the conduct of police officers meets international standards that prohibit human rights violations and that; in general, the U.S. complies with the obligations imposed by those treaties to which it is a party.
While only the federal government is responsible for reporting internationally on U.S. compliance with the relevant treaties, local and state officials share responsibility for ensuring compliance within their jurisdictions.