Police Brutality and Mental Health in the African-American Community.edited.docx - Surname 1 Name of Student Institution Affiliation Instructor Date

Police Brutality and Mental Health in the African-American Community.edited.docx

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Surname 1 Name of Student: Institution Affiliation: Instructor: Date: Police Brutality and Mental Health in the African-American Community Police brutality has been a long term injustice facing African American society. However, with the absence of reliable and credible figures on the misconduct, it is difficult to understand the levels the injustices have sank in the community. The history of police brutality dates back to centuries ago, where slavery was openly allowed; no laws favored African Americans. Such was seen when the authorities mistreated the Blacks and even went overboard to hold bounty hunts to arrest slaves that had run away. With the advancement of new technologies, police targeting of the Black minority group is recorded for public consumption. Seemingly, public access to these videos has resulted in an extraordinary public dialogue that has depicted brutality to a different level on the minority groups with the connection to white supremacy. Such has had a significant bearing on the understanding of freedom to the life of a black man. Recurring police brutality acts against people of color have resulted in mass protests, which has gained public concern. Numerous occurrences have also had a substantial effect on the psychological health of colored families and communities that are more prone to experience brutality than their white counterparts. According to research conducted by the School of Public Health at Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania published. Black individuals were likely to suffer from health-related issues such as depression and anxiety when exposed to police violence incidences, primarily targeting unarmed people of color (Bor et al., 2018). Such has gotten the attention of Lisa H. Thurau and Johanna Wald (2018), who wrote on the USA
Surname 2 Today . They describe police cruelty as a factor that has damaged several African Americans' mental health. Such can be experienced by even those who do not directly associate with people and families victims of police brutality. Undoubtedly, the excessive deployment of excessive force defines what brutality is. However, the understanding of brutality goes beyond physical torture. It entails the psychological and emotional part that is priory ignored due to intimidation. Bandes argues that the term "brutality" conveys more than police misconduct: "It is police conduct that is not merely mistaken, but taken in bad faith, with the intent to dehumanize and degrade its target." 2 (p1276) . The research paper discusses a broad definition of the term brutality. The belief that the police actions that lead to cruelty and incline to humanity's degradation may occur even without us knowing it. African Americans are more likely to be police brutality victims than other races in the United States. The varying disparity of brutality depending on race indicates white supremacy in the US law enforcement system. Racial discrimination and structural racism entail norms that limit the people of color. Majorly, this has affected the psychological and physical well-being of the

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