Police Brutality

Essay by dmrk15Junior High, 9th gradeA, May 2004

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Abuse by law enforcement officers is one of the more serious human rights violation

known to man. The most common abuse by a law enforment agent includes unjust shootings,

fatal chokings, and unnecessarily rough treatment. Human Rights Watch documented cases of

police misconduct in fourteen cities. These cities are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit,

Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philidelphia, Portland,

Province, San Fran, and our nations capitol Washington D.C. Upon further research Human

Rights Watch concluded that all these cities fail to investigate police brutality cases, and when

they are investigated the officer(s) in question usually are not repremanded. Police brutality is

not only bad for the victims but its bad for the community!

(Shielded from Justice: Police brutality)

On April 15, 1999 Janet Reno made her first major speech after six years in office.

Attorney General Janet Reno announced, "There is a problem." She continued to say,

"...effective policing does not mean abusive policing..." Following these words Attorney

General Reno presented a 5 point program that tried to improve police-community relations in

the wake of several major police brutality cases. Several call this speech a failure, considering

she acknowledged police brutality was a problem, but she did not insist on making changes.


Alleged police misconduct due to race dates back to the beginnings of the USA. Many

dismiss complaints as a person in the wrong trying to play the race card. Consider this 75% of

the people who filed complaints with the CCRB from January to June were african american.

Thats not the only astounding number, 50.3% of the Latino background. Only 21% were

white. Most of the complaints filed with the CCRB were due to excessive force, offensive

language, or discourtesy. The image of the white officer using excessive force on a...