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Police Misconduct. Is About The Debate Rather Police Abuse Their Power Or Not

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Ever wonder if police officers know what its like to be a citizen under jurisdiction, with the same sense of distrust and sense of unfaithfulness in the individuals who are supposed to protect? People must also realize that citizens will never know what it is like to be police officers. They take too much crap from people who don't appreciate their services. Police officers also have their personal lives to worry about. That is stress that a lot can't understand, let alone coupe with. There are a lot of officers that take their authority to a whole new level. These officers offer their lives in protection of its citizens, not just for a check, but also for a change. Bad apples spoil the ...view middle of the document...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation did further investigate to see if there were any civil rights violations being done.Amadou Diallo was an immigrant from Guiana West Africa. He had no criminal record when he was shot 19 times in front of his home in the Bronx of New York. The police officers that shot him, Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy were acquitted for any wrongdoing. They approached Diallo under the suspicion that he was a suspected rapist. While, asking to see his identification, the officers opened fire 41times thinking that the suspect pulled out a gun while it was really his wallet. The shooting caused a protest about the mistreatment that minorities receive by police officers."'You took a part of my life from me. I demand to know why ... They are keep on asking me why did my son run. If you are a black male, you will run,' said Leisure."(Escalating Questions). This is a perfect example of how racial profiling affects people's lives. Both of these cases show the bad side of racial profiling. It not only affects the individual, but also the community as a whole. Both of these incidents incited forms of protest that could have led too much more violent predicaments. When is racial profiling okay? A poll done on says that 85% of the people believe that individuals who fit the description of terrorist should be stopped to prevent other incidents from occurring. But does that mean that it is right?For years music artist have been portraying police officers in a negative way. Even in the movies, while watching Boyz N the Hood you can see how they work negatively in the community. All of this came to the light a little more than ten years ago when Rodney King was beat in the middle of the street by four white police officers. The impression of a well-furnished police department went up in smoke when the public saw that tape. Few people know what happened the night that King was beat. It really didn't matter; it was more on the lines of what they could prove. The results of the riots were 1 billion dollars of property damage, 55 lost lives, 2383 injured citizens, and one bad reputation that have lasted over a decade. Ex Police Chief Daryl Gates ten years later, "'got whacked a few extra times' but' brought it on himself'"(Ex-PoliceChief). One would like to think that the city would be making improvements on how things were being run. The force went from once being 60 percent white to now 45 percent white. Now they are under a new, African-American police chief, who has angered the African-American citizens. In selecting a new chief, because of public distaste, it will be a more difficult task taking that into consideration, so it says.The Rampart division made some 100 cases dismissed in an intense internal investigation of...

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