officers were once referred as peacekeepers although they now seem to be
nothing more than law enforcers. As they still for the most part do their job
correctly, more are worried about making unusual arrests on innocent people
that have been misjudged rather than keeping peace in communities. The biggest
issue that has come up in America with the police agencies is police brutality.
This issue is concluding to where these police might be abusing their power.
Police brutality has made its mark on newspaper headlines, websites covering
incidents, and many television new channels. Stories of unarmed victims being
killed on the spot or being brutality assaulted by police have become the norm
for America. Police officers have now crossed lines by using unnecessary
excessive force to handle situations. From the improper use of tasers to the
use of guns to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians.
Police officers often know their limits to dealing with someone who is not listening
to their commands but in certain cases they exceed those limits to handle
situations in a timely but unnecessary manner. Communities have taken notice to
what is going on with this problem and are getting together to try and act.
They want to prevent this from happening by removing police officers who might
or have done such things as use excessive or unnecessary force. They rally at
police stations, capital buildings, and in most cases where a recent of police
brutality case had occurred. All around America communities gather to spread
the word as much as possible to get some type of law into the makings for the
safety of their environments and the peace in the communities. As some people
might need to receive excessive force from police it can be out of control when
innocent people start getting pulled out of their cars, thrown around the
streets to get controlled by police. The amount of power police officer can be
given is out of the ordinary, some officers might know their power, but others
might think they have much more power against citizens.
Police officers have been accused of
racial profiling, having personal disorders, or being prejudice against people
who has committed a misdemeanor. Police brutality has given the United States a
horrible image for the police agencies across the country. Many fatal shootings
have occurred during this wake of police brutality. It has targeted men who are
black more than any other race in the country. Unarmed black men compared to
unarmed white men have a much bigger chance to get either shot or brutality
dealt with when a police officer is called to the incident. Traffic stops have
now become a nightmare to many citizens due to the cases of black men being
shot for getting something such as a license or a vehicle registration. These
misjudged Americans are undeniably being treated unfairly. Preventing something
this big can be very difficult but still can be done with laws that can be
enforced directly to police officers.
Oscar Grant, a twenty-two-year-old
African-American, was fatally shot in Oakland, California. It was New Year’s
Day of 2009 and police officers were responding to reports of a fight in
crowded subway. Police officers quickly swarmed the subway stop and ordered
many off the train to find the reported brawlers. They accused Oscar Grant and
several of his friends on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station and
forcefully detained them. Oscar was not being very cooperate after the police
officers quickly targeted him to lie face down. Fighting back furiously the
police officer, Johannes Mehserle, drew his firearm and shot Grant in the back.
This horrible incident was captured by witnesses with their cell phones. They
observed a misjudged African-American man get shot on New Year’s Day.
Police officers like Johannes
Mehserle often find themselves doing the worst things to someone who is not
being cooperate. This shooting was covered from regional to international news
channels. Peaceful protests were held against the BART police agency in
Oakland, and there were several protesters who went to riot as well. This
devastated the communities in Oakland, people didn’t feel safe with the police.
The peace was gone, the safety of the people was destroyed, and the reputation
of the police agency was terrible. Many other cases just like Oscar Grant’s
were still happening. The brutal and fatal violence police officer brought to
reported calls were scary.
In 2017, only fourteen days out of
the three hundred and six five days were when police officers did not kill
anyone. Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police
officers than white people. As black people are only thirteen percent of the
population, in America around twenty five percent people killed by police were
black. These numbers have proved to many officials that there is a big problem
in the police systems. Police officers are killing many large numbers people
throughout the years while most them are black. Some solutions have been set
such as requirements to use all other means before shooting a firearm or duties
to intervene if anther officer uses excessive force, yet they are only a few
departments who have adopted them.
Police officers used to be the
peacekeepers of communities, and many are probably still doing this very well,
but they are shadowed by the stories of officers who break rules and use the
force that many are frightened by. I think police officers should be trained
frequently to avoid the worst ways to handle a situation. They shouldn’t think
something like this can be acceptable throughout the increasing rates each
year. A law passed by the government needs to come fast to save future lives of
innocent people who are misjudged by police officers. Communities must feel
safe again, police officers shouldn’t have these terrible thoughts after others
have made it hard to make it better.