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Police Brutality And Reform

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Police Brutality and Reform
Introduction
Policing in the United States needs to fundamentally change to ensure justice for all
racial, social, and ethnic backgrounds. There have been recent cases where the police have
become accused of using excessive force when conducting arrests of quelling protests. The most
unusual scenario was the death of George Floyd on 25
th
May 2020, when an arresting officer
knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The case sparked protests across the country and
worldwide, where people demanded justice for Floyd while pushing for reforms in the law
enforcement department. Similarly, the police have been accused of discrimination and racial
profiling when arresting or confronting people of color. Such scenarios have painted a negative
perception of the police since most individuals assume the law enforcers are brutal. Policing in
the United States needs to change to promote accountability by the police, address racial bias,
and ensure cooperation by the public.
Position for Change in Policing
Promoting Accountability
Policing needs to change to promote accountability among the law enforcers. The cases
of police brutality continue to be rampant since there have not been clear laws on prosecuting

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police officers who break the law. Besides, few police officers have been arrested and prosecuted
to use excessive force on the public or engage in unwarranted killings. When the courts fail to
indict the law enforcers caught in the wrongdoing, the public loses trust in the police and
believes in selective justice to the lawbreakers. Therefore, policing should change to ensure the
police are held accountable for their actions. The strategies to promote accountability should
include the mandatory use of body cameras for the police engaged in active duties (Machado &
Ashley 6). This method ensures the law enforcers document encounters with the public where
the video footage may be reviewed in case of any confrontation by the public. Additionally, the
cases involving police brutality and racial profiling should be made public to ensure the
community trusts the legal system in prosecuting the lawbreakers and build trust and cooperation
with the law enforcers (Morton 128).
Address Racial Bias
Policing in the United States also needs to change to address racial bias and
discrimination by police officers. Although the law enforcers receive several accusations against
them, the most notable is racial biasedness. According to Machado and Ashley, the police are
more likely to stop a black individual at traffic checkpoints than a white person (4). Likewise, the
law enforcers will more likely harass and arrest black individuals than the white. Racial bias has
also resulted in brutality against the people of color during arrests, confrontations, or when
quelling protests. Furthermore, racial bias in the police force begins during recruitment, where
most of the preferred officers are white while the people of color receive minimal posts (Linos et
al. 946). Therefore, changing policing will ensure the police learn how to handle people from
different racial and social backgrounds to address discrimination and social bias.
Cooperation by the Public

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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Police Brutality and Reform Introduction Policing in the United States needs to fundamentally change to ensure justice for all racial, social, and ethnic backgrounds. There have been recent cases where the police have become accused of using excessive force when conducting arrests of quelling protests. The most unusual scenario was the death of George Floyd on 25th May 2020, when an arresting officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The case sparked protests across the country and worldwide, where people demanded justice for Floyd while pushing for reforms in the law enforcement department. Similarly, the police have been accused of discrimination and racial profiling when arresting or confronting people of color. Such scenarios have painted a negative perception of the police since most individuals assume the law enforcers are brutal. Policing in the United States needs to change to promote accountability by the police, address racial bias, and ensure cooperation by the public. Position for Change in Policing Promoting Accountability Policing needs to change to promote accountability among the law enforcers. The cases of police brutality continue to be rampant since there have not been clear laws on prosecuting Surname 2 police officers who break the law. Besides, few police officers have been arrested and prosecuted to use excessive force on the public or engage in unwarranted killings. When the courts fa ...
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