Police use of force - News media and human nature thrives...

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News media and human nature thrives on negative publicity. Reports of police brutality whether founded or unfounded are one of those derogatory attention getters. A widely publicized incident of this nature happened in 1991 with the beating of Rodney King. It is obvious to even these untrained eye that this was a severe case of bad judgment and a gross misuse of authority. Law enforcement’s main duty is to protect these citizens of the community they serve. The dilemma at question concerns at what point the use of force by police becomes police brutality. This report gives the public an overview utilizing available information as to the extent and degree of the use of force by police. There is much information concerning police brutality that is not known; however, there are a few things that are known with assurance. Despite the fact that there are variations on what the meaning of police brutality is exactly, police use of force is an unusual and rare occurrence. Studies imply that only a small percentage of officers engage in the use of force. A study conducted by the BJS estimated that nearly forty-five million
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2011 for the course CJ 261 taught by Professor Kristenwelch during the Fall '05 term at Sam Houston State University.

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