Police Brutality Research Paper

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Police work is a dangerous job, and police are more than likely to be put into situations when excessive force is needed. But, sometimes police use excessive force for their own personal reasons, such as, racism. The issue of police officers using excessive force may or may not be of great concern, but it should be looked into by both the police and the public. Because some officers use excessive force in situations when it is not needed, police brutality should be addressed.
Some may feel as if excessive force is needed when dealing with the so-called criminal. The majority of these people are stuck in the mindset that all police officers are here to help and the amount of force is based upon the victim. This is an example of what people
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72) Executive Director of Police Misconduct Lawyers Referral Service Karol Heppe commented, “Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles,” (C.C. 36) These are examples that show my opponents that police brutality is real and people are recognizing it. Whether or not a person believes police brutality is a serious problem, it must be stopped. In some cases, where more force is needed than in others, it is still there. Even in areas where police and the use of excessive force is not a huge problem, it must be decreased properly by both the police and the public.
Here an opponent argues that police officers are only human and lose their tempers. “Everyone agrees that the daily life of a cop is a difficult one. The worst scenario is that every time he/she leaves home, there's the chance he/she will not live to come home again. Today's cop, unlike those of previous generations, is trained thoroughly to use force only when there is danger of injury or death. This applies to protecting all civilians who may be in the path of dangerous persons or drivers, the cop's own life, as well as the lives of people causing the danger.”(Sherman). I agree with this statement but at the