Police brutality is a word that’s used for unjustified or unintentional harassment, verbal assault, physical or mental injury. It also includes property damage and death due to interactions with law enforcement. Police brutality is just as widespread globally and not just limited to the United States. In a 2007 report from Amnesty International, it was shown that police misconduct was most prevalent in countries with an authoritarian type of government. Reports from the U.K., Serbia, India, and Spain paint a picture of how police violence caused death during protests and demonstrations. However, out of all these countries, Brazil is well known for having the highest rate of police brutality in the world.
In the United States in 2018, 1,147 people were killed by police with 25% of them being black men. A 2019 article in the Los Angeles Times stated that getting killed by police was the leading cause of death for young black men. A study showed that black men have a 1 in 1, 000 chances to be killed at the hands of police. That same study also showed that other individuals of color also had a higher rate of being killed by police.
There are many solutions to help stop police violence and they vary from reducing unnecessary police contact, assisting young men from low income communities with finding jobs in the hopes that this will keep them off the streets and addressing mental health issues and utilizing mental health professionals to deal with psychiatric issues. However, the biggest thing that it comes down to is the lack of accountability by police departments to hold their personnel accountable and train them appropriately for the various different communities they work in.
Image: Against police brutality by Libertinus on 2013-06-18 17:41:06