Governmental immunity should not cover gross negligence. While there is a need for very little immunity that should be it. If a government agent acts unreasonably they should be held to same standard as public. And trials for what they did should be handled like everyone else. Every killing should be investigated.
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/prison-statistics/ state "According to new FBI statistics released this week, violent crime rates in the US fell over 4% in the past year alone, bringing the amount of violent crimes lower than it has been in nearly 40 years. The statistics showed that there were an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes in the year of 2013, which is the lowest number since 1978, when 1.09 million were recorded.
Broken down, the report revealed that manslaughter dropped by 4.4% to 14,196, the lowest rate since 1968, while instances of rape were down 6.3%. Despite the tough economic times, robbery is also down by 2.8% and property crimes were down by 4.1%.
The violent crime rate has been steadily declining since 1994, but the prison population has continued to increase over the decades. There are currently over two and a half million people imprisoned in the US, which is by far the largest prison population in the world.
However, a study recently published by Pew Charitable Trusts showed that for the first time in decades, the US prison population is actually on a decline. Their research found that the drop in crime that was seen in 2013 actually coincided with a decline in the prison population. According to their data, the amount of people in the US prison system peaked in 2008, and has since dropped 6%.
The study also found that there was a drop in the amount of prisoners in 32 of the 50 states, while imprisonment continued to rise in the other 18 states. California showed the largest drop in crime and imprisonment over the past five years, which is likely connected to lighter drug penalties that have been adopted in recent years.
Even among those who are technically “guilty” of breaking some law, a vast majority of prisoners are nonviolent offenders who don’t belong in prison to begin with. According to some statistics, nonviolent offenders make up nearly 70% of the prison population, many of these people are not guilty of any transgression, and they are in fact themselves victims of state violence.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/prison-statistics/#50x0EIB74ACTLTeL.99"
Ferguson is a good example. But the supreme court condones sexual assualt by police known as strip searching. There is plenty of evidence online if people care to look. These strip searches and body cavity searches are basically a major human rights violation and it happens in this country today
The Rodney king beating is one of the many examples of police brutality. Also recently the choking of an unarmed man and the man ended up dying. The Michael brown case the police officer shot and killed Michael brown. Just last year the case about the kid in Florida being shot to death walking home from the store and he was deliberately told not to pursue the kid but he did anyway and killed him and their was no altercation for him to shot the kid especially if he had followed orders.
Back when Rodney King was beaten the country went amuck, blacks were outraged and whites felt guilty. There was once a time when whites were in disbelief about the targeting and brutality occurring exclusively to blacks. In this day and age its common knowledge that the police will beat you excessively to enforce compliance no matter what your race is. That in itself proves a rise in occurrences from one "race" exclusively, to all races. But to say that its because of smartphones, wouldn't that mean we would stop seeing it? Its so bad that it still happens amidst hundreds of possible recording devices, and instead of seeing a decrease we just see an increase.
All the proof you need is on a website called www.policestateusa.com. If you honestly believe that police brutality is decreasing, take a look at some of the shocking, well-documented and very public beatings and murders that are happening almost every day in our "free" country. Not to mention the fact, there are hard statistics that clearly state that police brutality is on the rise. USA Today did a story on it a few years back, and at that point there was a 25% increase since 9/11, and it isn't getting any better. Also, those arguing that cameras are some sort of deterrent to to these jack-boot thugs need to check out the many laws that have been passed that actually make it illegal to record audio and/or video of someone without their consent, under the guise of illegal wiretapping. Of course, almost all the cases that make use of this law involve police wrong-doing. And the final bit of evidence? Check out the hours of available footage from the Occupy Wall Street movement where fully militarized SWAT teams assaulted and gassed countless American citizens who were exercising their Constitutional right to assemble in protest, all while keeping a perimeter designed to stifle media coverage, which is another violation of our long-forgotten Constitution. Wake up, people.
The demand for police officers is on the rise. This may mean lower standards. Accepting questionable applicants can lead to poorer conduct. Poorer conduct is not adhering to station or force policies, and that is police brutality. The more police you have on the street, the more incidents there will be. That is just the statistical fact of the matter.
An officer's job is extremely dangerous and stressful. Having a suspect who's behaving suspiciously can scare an officer. It's frightening when people do not co-operate! No of these things apply when you're behind a computer. Conclusion: people should stop blaming the police for doing things when they're under extreme pressure. Police brutality isn't on the rise; people need to spend less time behind the computer when it comes to real life problems.
Two things have occurred to decrease the amount of police brutality occurring in the USA. First, Our society has become less tolerant of such behavior. Secondly, the invention of dash cams, camera phones and video cameras and the willingness of citizens to use them has made it much more difficult for police to casually brutalize citizens and get away with it. The fact that so many have been caught means even law abiding citizens are more likely to believe people who say they were isolated and then beaten.
I do not think that police brutality is on the rise. I think now it is just being seen more often, as everyone is carrying a smart phone in their pocket and can record it taking place at any time. Less privacy, less getting away with stunts like this for police.
It may seem that police brutality is on the rise, and it is possible that is the case, but it is more likely that this brutality has always existed and is now just being exposed due to advances in technology. Nowadays, everyone has a phone with a camera on it, so if there is an incident there are plenty of people available to document it.
There are extensive amounts of videos on police brutality that seem to bring to light the amount of force police use. But what you really need to do is look behind the video and the context of it. First of all, when were these videos taken? You can look at a bunch of videos on police brutality and assume that yes it's on the rise. However, what you really could be doing is exposing yourself to videos from past and present years, and not necessarily ones that are recent. Also, you need to look at whether or not the people in these videos have done anything before entering the video frame. Are they convicted criminals? Were they considered armed and dangerous at the time? Did they assault an officer? Just picking up a camera and taking a video of a cop tackling someone or hitting him or her with his baton is not justification for brutality. There are many unknowns to many of these videos and without proper evidence you can't just assume that every police "brutality" video you watch is police brutality or the use of justified force. There just isn't enough concrete evidence on this subject for me to say "Yes" to this question based on increased use of footage.
Likely it is just more out in the open due to personal cameras. I checked a number of alleged "police brutality" videos on YouTube braced for the worst and I found most of them justified as appropriate force being used against a criminal who is either resisting arrest or has put the cops in a position where they needed to use lethal force. I'm looking at an "report" on the internet that is titled "Increasing Police Brutality: Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War". It says that 500 Americans are murdered by police every year. What do they count as murdered? Someone shooting at you with an AK-47 and you kill them with your handgun? Until I see something factual that proves that cops are out of control rather than a militarized criminal class, then I'd have to vote no on this issue.
313,910,000 adults live in the U.S. 17% of people come into contact with police officers for any reason from seeing them in front of them in a store to getting shot by them(any contact)That is 53,364,700 people out of 313,910,000. 1.4% of the 17% had force used on them, That is 747,106 people out of the original 313,910,000. We will assume that all reports of force were considered excessive(obviously not all were excessive)Of the 1.4% of the 17%, only 8% of the times force was used could even be considered excessive. 59,768 excessive force cases were plausible (assuming all cases of force were brought to court). The second source did all of the math and found that the actual percentage of plausible police brutality cases out of all contacts with officers was 0.0039%.