No matter which country you look at, police brutality exists. It’s disheartening that those who are meant to protect us often do the opposite. But, it seems that there’s no power without abuse of power. And, here in the U.S., you can see one of the worst cases of this.
Tracking such brutality isn’t easy. How can you spot corruption in the organization which reports corruption in the first place? It’s thought that many statistics on this matter are covered by those they would incriminate. To prove the point, a massive 52% of police officers stated they would turn a blind eye to misconduct. What’s more, fewer than 1% of police officers are indicted of killings, even though many victims have been falsely convicted of a crime. You could argue, then, that killings like these are no different from murders on the street. Yet, those officers walk away.
There’s no way to cover the extent of this issue in one article. This is a problem which has been around since a police force came into play. To prove the point, a placard from a 1963 march carried the slogan ‘We demand an end to police brutality, now!’. Well, that now never happened, and the issue only seems to be mounting as tension between the police and citizens reach new highs.
Which leaves us asking, can things ever change? As mentioned in the first paragraph, an abuse of power seems part and parcel of these positions. There will always be someone who abuses their position. But, it seems that this covers the majority of the police force, rather than the odd few. And, with that being the case, it’s easy to see that things need to change.
So, which areas should we focus on? It’s possible that this problem harks back to the training and degree courses our police force are exposed to. Training with a focus on strength and aggression is sure to lead to this behavior in the field. By comparison, something like this online criminal justice degree which focuses on Christian teachings throughout could be a better option. An approach like this would undeniably lead to a more understanding police force. So, should such courses become more widespread? Or, do we merely need to reassess the harsher aspects of training?
It’s also worth considering diversity within the police force. Admittedly, the most recent data on this issue was back in 2007. A lot has changed since then, but even eleven years ago, ethnic minorities only made up one-quarter of the police force. That’s a shocking disparity and one which should definitely come under question given how many ethnic minorities are victims of police brutality. If there were more individuals from said ethnicities on the force, sympathy levels would undoubtedly be higher across the board. There would be a greater understanding of different cultures and attitudes, and thus less hostility all around. So, why haven’t we addressed this yet? It could, after all, be the answer we’re looking for.