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Deindividuation And Police Officers

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DEINDIVIDUATION AND POLICE OFFICERS
Deindividuation and police officers
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I think deindividuation applied to the case of Rodney King. King, during his arrest, tried
evading police officers by running through the residential streets. Rodney compromised the
situation by evading police through the residential streets where other residents were involved. It
could not be easier to identify him while in the middle of the crowd if it happened.
Deindividuation involves phenomena in which people engage in seemingly strange situations in
which they believe they cannot be personally identified. Sometimes the phenomena may result in
violent acts endangering the lives of people not involved. However, deindividuation occurs when
a person's identity with a group overrides their own identity and self-awareness. Deindividuation
prevents critical thinking and dissent (Spears, 2017).
The police officers did not act per accepted use of force standards. Chasing Rodney King
through a residential street could endanger the lives of uninvolved civilians. I think there were
other better ways which they could have used to arrest him. The police officers could, for
instance, gather information from the civilians or family members on where to find King and
arrest him peacefully. Or instead, the police could have used the court to sermon him. From the
film recorded by a nearby resident, we learn that the police officers beat up King after arresting
him. I oppose this act since I don't think the police were justified in beating the unarmed King.
Were it not for the film recorded, the police officers would have gone unpunished, which would
be very unfair to Rodney King. The police officers used excessive force to arrest King, which is
not correct.

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Running head: DEINDIVIDUATION AND POLICE OFFICERS Deindividuation and Police Officers Institutional Affiliation Student's Name Date DEINDIVIDUATION AND POLICE OFFICERS Deindividuation and police officers Response I think deindividuation applied to the case of Rodney King. King, during his arrest, tried evading police officers by running through the residential streets. Rodney compromised the situation by evading police through the residential streets where other residents were involved. It could not be easier to identify him while in the middle of the crowd if it happened. Deindividuation involves phenomena in which people engage in seemingly strange situations in which they believe they cannot be personally identified. Sometimes the phenomena may result in violent acts endangering the lives of people not involved. However, deindividuation occurs when a person's identity with a group overrides their own identity and self-awareness. Deindividuation prevents critical thinking and dissent (Spears, 2017). The police officers did not act per accepted use of force standards. Chasing Rodney King through a residential street could endanger the lives of uninvolved civilians. I think the ...
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