Police Brutality in the United States
An enormous extent of past events has been noted of police violence in respect to civilians in the United States which has resulted in creating laws by the political bureaucracy so that citizens may uncover a way to find a possible solution when their rights are violated. Section 242 of the constitution allows police officers to be fined or even imprisoned for any law enforcer who deprives a person of their freedom on the basis of their colour or race (Kevin). The corruption analysises done by the NYPD in the early 1970s categorized corrupt police officers into two groups; the “grass-eaters” and the “meat-eaters”. The “grass-eaters” were the corrupt law enforcement officers who accepted their payoffs from other fellow officer’s work when thrown at by the happenstances while the “meat-eaters” were the corruptive ones who misused their police power for their own personal gain. In 2012 the Civilian Complaint Review Boards (CCRB) recommended that officers should receive severe disciplinary action that leads to term termination, suspension, and probation or even loss of vocational days. The research shows that the year 2005 and 2014, 47 officers were convicted of corruption and 11 were convicted of an atrocity (Corinthia 537).
The law state that the police officers can be charged whenever they violate local or state laws. However, during those times the number of officers indicted for those crimes was close to zero, and in case they were charged, the officers were exonerated. In the year 2012, the NYPD was mandated to abide by recommendations from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) since the officers did not receive any kind of discipline in 104 cases (Carter 539). In 175 cases, it was recommended that severe punishment was to be given to officers. However, the NYPD chose to discipline officers in 7 cases.
Records have noted that African Americans have a history of rebelling against assault in their community and also the police misconduct against the African American community is still rampant, and thus, this is a representation of institutional racism. A report on February 2016, indicated that an African American person was murdered every 32 hours by officers. There is a counted number of police injustice towards African Americans in history, many of which no integrity has been served to the victims and law enforcement have walked blame-free. In addition, in the year 2015, there were 100 unarmed African Americans who fell casualty by corruption, and less than 10% of the abovementioned deaths led to the police receiving deplorable charges (Carter 541-546). The Social Justice movements such as Black-lives-matter in the African American community, have created more insights on how African Americans encounter injustices from the law enforcers daily.