Police Brutality Has Long Been A Topic Of Discussion Essay

1322 Words Apr 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Police brutality has long been a topic of discussion. Police brutality, a form of police misconduct, happens all around the world. In the United States, it has come to light more in recent years. A city especially known for police brutality is Detroit, Michigan. Detroit police officers kill or injure criminal suspects at a higher rate than other US cities including New York and Washington DC, cities known for high crime rates. Between the years of 1990 and 1998, police in Detroit had nearly ten fatal encounters per year, a high statistic with less than one million people residing in the city. Detroit became known for having a violent police force during the 1960s and 1970s, especially against minority youth. This trend held steady during the 1980s and 1990s. One of the most publicized cases was that of 35 year old Malice Green.
The use of force and its proper utilization is a defining characteristic of those who control others via policing or corrections. It is an essential element in the "process and product" of a safe, secure, and professional criminal justice environment. Officers can’t just let criminals walk away when resisting but it is also up to each officer to use his or her own discretion when trying to keep be safe, whether or not someone may consider this police brutality is up for debate.
Malice Green was not a stranger to the Criminal Justice system. Trouble found him for a good part of his adult life. While living in suburban Chicago, in the late…

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