Police use way to much force when apprehending suspects. Some police officers like to go out and beat up suspects or people who look like suspects for fun, a problem that is largely ignored by other officers. This leads to numerous problems including a complete distrust of the police officers.
Yes, the problem of excessive violence committed by some (not all) police officers has gone on for too long. Police officers are supposed to protect, not hurt, people. Training must be changed. Nonviolent ways to subdue criminals need to be taught. The safety of people depends on better training of police officers to prevent these incidents of violence.
The only difference between policing now and in the past is the smartphone. When citizens can record incidents at a moment's notice, many more travesties get documented. In the past, it was the police's word against yours, and we all know how that goes. Hopefully this documentation will force politicians to address the problem, instead of continually being "tough on crime."
Yes, the problem with the police using excessive force and causing people to end up in the hospital has been going on for too long. The police should not be allowed to injure people unless it is extremely necessary. Law enforcement in the United States needs to be improved so that people have respect for it.