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Police brutality has been a long lasting problem in the United States since at least 1903 when police Captain Williams of the New York Police Department coined the phrase There is more law at the end of a policemans nightstick than in a decision of the Supreme Court In the 1920s the Wichersham Commission had a number of instances of police brutality Many of these included the use of the third degree beating to obtain a confession This is a very effective way to get a confession out of somebody However beating the accused could easily elicit a confession from a scared and innocent person Also this puts the accused persons life in danger Police officers must make snap life and death decisions daily Officers work in an environment where death theirs their partners and an innocent or guilty person is one decision away How does that constant fear effect an officers perception Unfortunately many that are attracted to law enforcement are aggressive and prone towards violence as a solution Police officers have a lot of power With this power comes responsibility But they didnt have to beat me this bad I dont know what I did to be beat up Rodney King March 3 1991Police brutality can be defined as the excessive or unreasonable use of force in dealing with citizens suspects and offenders A nationally known example occurred on the morning of March 3 1991 Rodney King was pulled out of his vehicle and beaten by two Los Angeles police officers The LAPD had originally given chase to Mr Kings vehicle due to a failure to yield Officers fired a 50000-volt Taser electric dart gun at Mr King They also hit King with batons Mr King according to police officials was hit approximately 56 times Mr King had 11 broken bones at the base of his skull Also the bones holding his eye in the right socket were broken LA Times March 19
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