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Police brutality will never be justified.

A crime against humanity should never be justified

By 'Vive AkughaPublished 2 years ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Image credit:-Michael Muthee from Unsplash

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The purpose of the police is often questioned by many. People don’t trust the power given to the police to maintain law and order, among other functions. Over time their position has been perceived as a reduction to the role of harassers and unlawful individuals that embrace their power a bit too much. This is further boosted by some personal vices. Masked intentions and hidden agendas by various officers have stopped them from achieving their true purpose. Most police officers have violated their function regardless of the nation and resulted in all forms of police brutality. Police brutality existed a long time ago and is still rampant to this day. This term was formed to describe the loss of power control by the police over its citizens and inhabitants.

In various cases analyzed or broadcasted, race seems to be a common factor in all of them. Although this may vary from country to state, Africans and African-Americans seem to be the most victims of this. Racism and Prejudice are often factors that affect what people think, feel, behave and may be received. Many people avoid the police and view them as the enemy to the people rather than a friend or guidance. This makes people uncomfortable to report situations to the officials especially when considering their race, gender or religion. It could also involve the youth, the poor or the wealthy, there is no definite answer as to who may get caught in a situation but past cases have given a general idea of the most targeted people, what to do, what to avoid and how to behave.

In various locations, certain people get treated differently and disturbed more than others. Victims are often people that are seen as outsiders, minorities or supposed “suspects”. Some police officers have taken it upon themselves to prove their untrue judgment by planting illegal substances to blame the individuals or punish people with illegal beatings characterized by animalistic attributes such as the thirst for fear, blood and death.

People that take this route of inducing fear into people rather than trust are the same people that embrace their power in an unhealthy way with little to no sanctions by the government. This diminishes the purpose of the government as well as the trust people have in the system.

Video credit- Comedy Junky. Dave Chappelle spoke on his lack of trust in the police and an example of police brutality from 0:06 to 2:01.

With this awful act happening everywhere, the most current or noted is in Nigeria which is being protested in person and in broadcasts with the hashtag ENDSARS. Many people have lost their lives at the hands of the Sars officials and are being protested against. In America, the case of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (among others) are still in progress and/or unfairly resolved due to the offenders’ unjustified sentences. The attention of the farmers’ protests in India also revealed some cases of police brutality towards the protesters.

These are few undetailed examples compared to the real number of incidents still happening.

Most people have protested, online and in-person with chants as well as continuous postings. However, their demands are ignored and met with threats and/or shootings. This results in a number of casualties to silence the people from getting what they want.

Image Credit:-Koshu Kunii from Unsplash

Not all police officers maybe this way but the bad outweighs the good. Very few people still hold officials with any respect or appreciation for these reasons.

Originally written in February 2021



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'Vive Akugha

I write on various things: social issues, well-being, cinema and out of curiosity. For contact and all other things, click this. Inactive.

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