The Paranoid Style of American Policing The article, “ The Paranoid Style of American Policing” was published in Atlantic on December 30,2015, by Ta-Nehisi Coates questions the legitimacy of the United States police by discussing the manner in which they respond to instances of crime. The author points out various instances when police have been called out to respond to a criminal incidence but they respond through taking lives even in instances where normal citizens would respond through more moral means without resorting to violence. Therefore the author is arguing against police brutality by convincing the audience through the use of logic, appealing to their emotions, and the use of ethics. Coates makes his argument more convincing by employing the use of logic. He provides various incidences where he feels the police actions are contrary to the expected behavior. The author thus provides a sense of reason that helps the audience to understand his argument against police brutality. The article begins by the author providing a comparison between how his father acted when confronted with a violence incidence and how the police acted when called upon to quash a violent incident. The author notes that “That wasn’t the first time I’d seen my father confront the violence of young people without resorting to killing them. This was not remarkable. When you live in communities like ours – or perhaps any community – mediating violence between young people is part of being an adult” (Coates Par.2). In
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