Up the penalty for police brutality

Up the penalty for police brutality

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Imagine having to constantly look at the police in fear, getting pulled over with thoughts of dying behind the wheel flooding through your head. Cases of police brutality rise into the hundreds each year. In many of these cases, officers walk free without conviction. A research study at Bowling Green State University states that since 2005 only 35% of officers were convicted for fatal on-duty shootings. The rest were either not convicted or pending trial. If an officer is pending trial, they are placed on administrative leave which is actually a paid vacation.

A number of changes need to made to remedy this situation. Police need to be better trained in how to approach confrontational situations, realizing that using their gun should be a last resort. Next, inexperienced officers should not be placed in communities where they do not understand the cultural dynamics. Finally, placing officers on paid administrative leave, while under investigation for fatally shooting or injuring a civilian, should end. This change has not happened because of politicians and the police union.

Examples of police brutality have happened throughout Colorado. In March 2018, Denver cops mistakenly shot Steven Nguyen 50 times, killing him.Instead of being convicted, the officers were found not guilty because of “reasonable cause”. In 2017, an Aurora, Colorado woman was thrown to the ground and stomped on the head when she questioned the officer’s right to seize her car.The officer, instead of being sentenced to  jail time, had to pay a fine. While picking up trash in his yard, a Boulder, Colorado resident was confronted by a police officer brandishing his gun and was questioned for being on the property even after

showing the officer his school ID. The officer then called for back up, stating that the man was being ”unresponsive” to the officer’s orders.That officer was placed on paid administrative leave. In the latest case of police injustice, two Denver police officers were reinstated to their jobs on April 4, 2019 after they were recorded beating Michael DeHerrera outside a downtown nightclub. They had previously been placed on administrative leave ten years ago.

Police brutality is an ongoing epidemic with which our nation has struggled for over a 150 years. With the help of voters, our leaders can be convinced to address this problem and stop future killings. By exterminating the policy of paid administrative leave,improving police training, and discontinuing the practice of placing inexperienced officers in unfamiliar situations, police brutality will decrease.

 

 

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