Police Brutality: Social Impact

By Kelly McCool, Trending Writer

In recent times, there have been a lot of cases in which police officers are found guilty of brutally assaulting criminals—sometimes even killing them in the process. This has caused American society to join in to rather large arguments. There are many people, who find police brutality to be a touchy subject.  This is because these individuals believe that police officers, who have partaken in such treatment, purposely go out of their way to hurt the victims. On the other hand, there are some people who think that if the victims did something truly horrible, they deserve the treatment they are receiving from the police.

Especially in the past few years, American citizens have seen many riots and protests having to do with police brutality. With there being so many different viewpoints on the subject, it has caused society to be at odds with each other. The criminals, who have endured police brutality, are typically from minorities. Because of this, there are numerous accounts where some of the general public may think of police brutality as a racist concept in which police officers are targeting minorities on purpose.  Those who believe this often engage in arguments with the opposing side, who believes that the police force is simply doing their jobs and only resorts to assault when there are no other means possible to stop the criminal.

Other than the generalized reactions to police brutality, there are plenty of specific instances where one could see the great affect that it has on a community.  When there are these very obvious cases of brutality, feelings of mistrust arise towards the police force from anti-police supporters.  It causes them to be less willing to call the police if anything bad happens to them.  It has also occurred where people fight the police and fuel more violence.  This has caused a significant amount of apprehension with those who have a police officer in their family or friendship circle. People are offended if someone makes a generalization about the police force that is not true in regards to their loved one.  They could become angry about the comments and retaliate against the others. All in all, society is hugely affected when it comes to police brutality.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 17th print edition.

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