unit 3 essay presentation

Report
POLICE BRUTALITY
BY: MAGGIE CHAPPELL
ABOUT THE
PRESENTER
My name is Maggie Chappell and I am a
freshman at Virginia Commonwealth
University from Vienna, Virginia.
CLAIM
Citizens have lost trust and faith in law
enforcement personnel because they abuse their
authority and use unnecessary force.
What is police brutality?
How often does police brutality happen?
What effect does police brutality have on citizens?
How could citizens possibly regain the trust of law
enforcement officers in the future?
WHAT IS POLICE
BRUTALITY?
Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or
unnecessary force by police when dealing with
civilians.
Physical forms of police brutality:
• Nerve gas
• Batons
• Pepper spray
• Tasers
• Guns
It can also be false arrests, verbal abuse, psychological
intimidation, sexual abuse, and racial profiling.
HOW OFTEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
According to a Washington’s Blog report based on
official statistical data, Americans are eight times
more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a
terrorist.
There are almost 5,000 reported cases of police
misconduct reported a year.
It is estimated between 500 and 1,000 Americans
are killed by police officers each year.
EFFECT ON CITIZENS
Victims of police brutality can have long term
emotional distress disorders like PTSD (post
traumatic stress disorder), and chronic anxiety
attacks because they live in fear.
Main cause of the shift in relationship between
police and communities from safety to fear.
Police brutality also sparks a major increase in
citizen protest.
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Police body cameras could be used to eliminate or
at least lessen the amount of police brutality
because we know people act differently when they
are on camera, and when they could be held
accountable for their actions.
Police need better training in nonviolent problem
solving solutions.
Consequences for police misconduct could be
increased. A large amount of police brutality
complaints are never even investigated.
WORKS CITED
Hirby, James. "What Is Police Brutality." TheLawDictionary. The Law
Dictionary, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.
Kristian, Bonnie. “Seven Reasons Police Brutality is Systemic, not
Anecdotal.” TheAmericanConservative. The American
Conservative, 2 July 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.
“Long Term Effects on Police Brutality.” Cop Block. Cop Block, 15 Feb. 2012.
Web. 15 Nov. 2014.
Rucke, Katie. “US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civillians Since 9/11.”
MintPressNews. Mint Press News, 6 Nov. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.

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