is needed. But, because some officers use these extreme measures in situations when it is
not, police brutality should be addressed. The use of excessive force may or may not be
force, here is a startling fact. In Tampa Bay, Florida, five men died while in the custody of
the Tampa Bay police Department (C.C. 27). The thing is, the Tampa Bay Police
man was a Mexican National.
New York City, an average of seven Latin Americans were killed a year between 1986 to
1989, but in 1990, that number increased greatly. In that year, twenty-three Latin
Americans were killed by police gunfire.
Naimkly of the University of Regina commented:
“Excessive police force against blacks has always been tolerated, because as a formally
to inhibit their development and thus minimize their threat to white hegemony” (C.C. 72)
commented, “Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles,” she says.
Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg,Ohio. A
group of offices named themselves “S.N.A.T.” squad. This acronym stood for “Special
Nigger Arrest Team” and they made it a point to harass African Americans whenever.
the middle 1980 s in major cities,” says Patrick V. Murphy, former head of police
Amazingly, the only received approximately 108 complaints from the public about those
Adding to the belief that police brutality isn t a very big problem, most legal
authorities and officials agree that the use of excessive force by police officers is going
down. In fact, they say that they see brutality declining from twenty years ago (C.C. 57).
Police brutality is defined as involving the unnecessary and unjustified use of force
Research Forum (PERF) commented, “Let me assure you we are committed to a
professional level of policing with an emphasis on fairness, humanity, and integrity”
Other than the police stopping brutality internally, civilian review boards can be
used. These boards must be able to receive all of the evidence in a case, including the
police audio tapes, in order to make fair judgment if excessive force was used or not. If
excessive force is present in cases, these review boards must be able to punish the police
or they are almost useless.
Whether or not a person believes police brutality is a serious problem, it must be
stopped. Even in areas where police and the use of excessive force is not a huge problem,
it must be decreased properly by both the police and the public. Finally, there needs to be
rules making sure it never happens again.