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Young-Republican
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Luxray2854
Pro (for)

Is police brutality a real problem?

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Started: 7/26/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Young-Republican

Con

I am argueing that police brutality is not a real issue or as prevalent as people want it to be made out to be, the person pro argues that it is in any fashion that person chooses.
Luxray2854

Pro

Hi, I'm glad to be debating such an important topic with you. Let's get everything under way.

First off, I'd like to note that Con fails to provide a true definition for "real problem". Due to the subjective nature of the term "real problem", I think it's much more fair to simply use "problem" in place of it. Now let's define problem-

"a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome." (1)

Police brutality is inherently harmful in nature (it's literally excessive force), and does need to be dealt with. Police brutality most definitely does exist. Let's define police brutality-

"Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians." (2)

From killings to plain unjust harm, the use of excessive force is sadly all around us, and even cops agree. In a survey, 84% of police officers have said they have directly witnessed a fellow officer using more force than was necessary (3). When even cops agree that cops are using excessive force, it's hard to not believe them, and it makes it a difficult thing for con to argue.

Lastly, Con never elaborates on his meaning of "as prevalent as people want it to be made out to be". His statement is subjective, and without facts, it cannot be argued. The burden of proof is on him for that part of his argument.

In summary, I have shown evidence that police brutality fits the definition of "problem", and that police brutality does exist. I look forward to your response.

Sources:
(1)- https://en.oxforddictionaries.com...
(2)- http://thelawdictionary.org...
(3)- https://vittana.org... (#7)
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