emotions from the audience. While the author’s father is able to convince a crazy boy to calm down and go home instead of acting violently, the police action when called to a similar incidence is to kill a mentally ill boy. The police are supposed to understand that the boy is mentally ill hence his actions. Apart from that, the police find the boy wielding a bat. Instead of disarming him through moral means, the police end up shooting the boy and an innocent neighbor. Such actions whip the emotions of the audience and are tempted to act against the police. The author quotes the words of the mother of the killed boy to further raise the emotions of the audience. It makes the audience feel sorry to the mother and condemn the actions of the police. The mother is wondering why the police shot his son seven times instead of using the tasers (Coates Par.5). The mother is also wondering whom the community should turn to when the police who are charged with protecting lives are instead taking them away
(Coates Par.5). The authors use of pathos thus makes his argument convincing. The legitimacy of the police is at stake because they are unable to help the community in solving disputes. Instead, they have resorted to killing with impunity. They kill and the government ends up not taking any action. Police brutality has thus been legitimized in the American society, and it leaves most communities vulnerable to the brutal actions of the police. The author has used ethics to convince the audience about his credibility. In the
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