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Racism and police brutality goes hand in hand and causes a major concern in todays society in the United States On March 3 1991 in California Rodney King an African American was pulled over after a high-speed chase and after stopping was beaten by four white police officers Worsnop 635 Tracy Brock also an African American was arrested in Manhattan in November of 1986 An officer smashed his head through a plate glass window when Brock refused to go into the officers lunchroom Police Brutality and Excessive Force in the New York City Police Department 14 Ki Tae Kim a Korean grocer was assaulted when he was accused of passing a counterfeit bill He was punched in the face his head was slammed into the counter and the officer also subjected him to racial slurs Police Brutality and Excessive Force in the New York City Police Department 17 Marcos Maldonado a Latino grocer was mistaken for a suspect after an armed robbery to his store He was handcuffed thrown to the floor repeatedly kicked and beaten with the officers nightstick Police Brutality and Excessive Force in the New York City Police Department 17 Abner Louima a Haitian immigrant was arrested outside a dance club in Brooklyn and was brutally assaulted when he arrived at the police station Volpe a long time police officer was accused of shoving a plunger into Louimas rectum so far that his bladder and intestines were lacerated Then he shoved the plunger into Louimas mouth and broke his teeth Steinback 8 These are just a few examples of the people who were affected of police brutality and racism There are five stages through which force can progress and lead to brutality Verbal persuasion unarmed physical force force using non-lethal weapons force using impact weapons and deadly force which most of the officers mentioned before fell into this stage The deadly force stage is only to be used only when an officers
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