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Police Brutality and its Effect on Society Police brutality is a complex phenomenon which has widespread effects on todays society In recent years the police have come under serious scrutiny for police brutality and this has been underscored by the presence of video camcorders Accompanying this issue I will provide several examples and recent cases as well as the related decision making process Similar emphasis shall be placed upon the understanding role and participation of the individual in public policy making To begin with I should like to first offer my understanding of police brutality and as well as it is expressed in the literature In recent years police brutality has become an issue and in some instances one which has been spotlighted as being greater than the instances For example the riots in Los Angeles would prob ably be representative of some of these actions as would the salient case of one Rodney King This case of course was given much publicity while unlike the communal riots the selection riots did not involve clashes between white and black civilians - - suburban flight by then had created segregation in the inner cities Rather they involved black ghetto residents and police Particularly ignited by real or perceived acts of police brutality but were generally confined to the ghettos The primary activities of these riots were looting and destruction aimed at white-owned businesses The first major insurrection riot took place in Harlem in the summer of 1964 Reacting to the killing of an unarmed black teenager by an off-duty white policeman thousands of Harlem residents went on a rampage pillaging white-owned businesses and hurling rocks and bottles at New Yorks riot police Other major riots followed in the Watts section of Los Angeles 1965 and Chicago 19 66 In 1967 the country experienced 164 racial disorders in 128 cities including Detroit where 32 blacks and 10 whites died in the violence and damage was estimated
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