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Police abuse remains one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States.Over the past decade,police have acted out in ways that have made people wonder "are our officers of the law really doing their job?"Unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal choking's, and rough treatment have all contributed to the ever-present problem of police brutality in America.The fact of the matter is that most of these incidents go un-reported or un-noticed.Through research, we seek to identify the causes of police brutality, and what we can possibly do to end it.#
In order to research police brutality, I have examined numerous online journal articles.These articles are written by professional analysts that specialize in investigating specific incidents involving police misconduct.
Although it can take place anywhere, police brutality is said, due to reported statistics, to take place more often in fourteen of America's largest cities.Those cities are Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.So much so that there have been systems designed to stop brutality in these cities which have unfortunately failed.#
Brutality has been mostly attributed to certain shortcomings in recruitment of officers, training, and management.Police abuse experts, and some police officials, refer to “problem” officers, by which they mean officers who either have significant records of abuse or significant records of complaints from the public, and who thus should receive special monitoring, training and counseling to counter the heightened risk that they will be involved in some future incident of misconduct or brutality.Another shortcoming that goes along with all of the above is the lack of information about trends in abuse along with information regarding the police departments’ …

The goal of my research project is to briefly examine police brutality and it's long-standing history in the United States. There will be in detail specific examples of incidents that involved brutality, and show the harmful relationship that it causes both the citizens as well as the police community.I will also express my opinions on brutality, it's effects on the country, and where it is heading in the future.
Before discussing police brutality, we must find out what type of police officer commits such acts.James J. Fyfe, author of an article dealing with police shootings and use of physical force, concluded that there is no significant difference in the use of physical force with regard to the race or ethnicity of the officer.Black police officers committed such acts at a rate of 9.8 per 100 officers, while white officers committed the acts at a rate of 8.7 per 100 officers.This lack of difference basically concludes that police officers that commit acts of brutality cannot be categorized by race, color, or ethnicity (Walker 232).
Police brutality has existed as long as policing has been around in this country.These events do not represent all of the policing brutality that has occurred, but lay out the groundwork for the problems that still exist today.The following is a short list of historical events that illustrate police prejudice and brutality:
o 1919 – Chicago – A young black man was killed while swimming in a predominantly white area of Lake Michigan.Whites swimming in the area pelted the young man with rocks until he was knocked unconscious and eventually drowned.Police did not attempt to find the killers, but rather arrested a black man who witnessed the act and did nothing to attempt to stop it.Riots and violence stemmed from the event.
o 1935 – Harlem – A 16-year-old boy was caught shoplifting in a department store.He was taken by employees to the basement a…