Police Brutality

Mission Statement: Police brutality is occurring all over the world and no one realizes that it violates the 5th and 14th amendment. So why does it happen? I want to make it aware to everyone what goes on around the world in terms of police brutality.


Table of Contents

1. A short history and definition of police brutality

2. Amendments involved in police brutality

3. Why police brutality occurs

4. Who police brutality affects

5. Take Action: How we can help to fix the issue

6. Bihar, India: Corrupt Police

7. Kent State University: National Guard

8. Los Angeles Police Department: Rodney King

9. Bibliography

Definition of Police Brutality

Police Brutality is a violation of civil rights, in which a person or persons of law enforcement abuse their right and use excessive force to detain the subject producing mental or physical harm to the victim. Police brutality is in direct violation of the fifth and fourteenth amendments.

Amendments Involved

Fifth Amendment: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"

Fourteenth Amendment: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Why Police Brutality Occurs

During an event involving police, their adrenaline is flowing throughout their body. Whether or not it's a chase or sting, police officer's adrenaline get the best of them. In most cases like this, police officers tend to get very power obsessed. This often results in injury, or in some cases even death for the victims involved. In certain situations, police officers overreact due to the sudden release of adrenaline. This action can result in the use of excessive force on the suspect. While overreaction is the most common reason for police brutality, there can also be other reasons as well. Race, religious views or even political views can also play a role in the police officer's decision when using excessive force to apprehend a suspect. Also, if a police officer gets annoyed with the situation, it can lead to an overreaction in excessive force.


Who Police Brutality Affects

Police brutality affects victims physically and mentally as well. People have been know to obtain an injury everywhere from slight bruises to broken bones. Some victims have been witnessed going into seizures and comas. On top of physical abuse, these victims can obtain mental damage as well. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the many disorders that have been obtained by police brutality victims. One event can make a person fear the police for the rest of their lives.

Take Action: How we can help to fix the issue

There isn't too much you can do but the best way to start is to spread awareness. Let everyone know what is going on and why is continues to go on. Let people know that what is happening is wrong and needs to be looked at on a police department and government level. Let to word spread that police brutality is a bigger issue than made out to be. Spread the word in attempts to help the victims and future victims of police brutality.

Bihar, India: Corrupt Police

In Bihar, India there are thousands of cases of police brutality every year. In one instance, there was a small Indian girl who stole an apple from an outdoor stand. The vendor called the police and the little girl was held off the ground by her hair and scolded for quite some time. Also, a man not accused of anything, was dragged by police back to the station from the back of a motorcycle.


Kent State University: National Guard

The Kent State University shooting occurred on May 4th, 1970. Students from Kent State were rallying and supporting an anti-war peace movement directly due to the Vietnam War. The National Guard was called in just to make sure the protest didn't escalate. On May 4th, the National Guard fired 67 shots into the crowd of college students, killing four of them and wounding nine others. This event became known as the May 4th Massacre. The National Guard had no right to fire on these Kent State students. The Guard was not provoked and they were not attacked in anyway, so why did they fire on the students?


Los Angeles Police Department: Rodney King

The police brutality story of Rodney King is extremely popular and known by every police force and department around the United States. On March 3rd, 1991, Rodney King was the victim of police brutality committed by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). A bystander filmed Rodney King being repeatedly struck with four police officers' batons. The video aired publicly and created an outrage. This story of police brutality set tensions high between the community in Los Angeles and the LAPD.


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[1] Police Brutality
[2] Kent State University
[3] Rodney King
[4] Amendments

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[2] Wikipedia Contributors, . "Rodney King." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 12.12.2009. Web. 13 Dec 2009. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King>.

[3] Wikipedia Contributors, . "Kent State University Shooting." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 13.12.2009. Web. 13 Dec 2009. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings>.

[4] Mount, Steve. "Amendments." United States Constitution. 07.08.2001. Web. 13 Dec 2009. <http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html>.