Is one of the
several of police misconduct which involves undue violence by police members.Widespread
police brutality exists under any territories countries .Although illegal it
can be performed under the colour of law.
recorded instance of police brutality was in 1872 when the Chicago tribune
reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison street
police station. There is a perception that most off the people that are
affected by this are the relatively powerless groups such as the minorities,
the disabled and the poor.
In 1991, members
of the Los Angeles police department harshly beat up an African American
suspect Rodney King while a white civilian recorded it. This led to extensive
media coverage and criminal charges against several officers involved. This
case was seen as a key factor in the reforms of the L.A.P.D
released data by the bureau of justice statistics (2011), between 2003 and 2009
at least 4,813 people died in the process of being arrested by local police. Of
the deaths classifies as police homicides, 2876 deaths occurred of which 57.1%
of the people who dies were ‘people of colour’.
applies to Kenya; the people who are mostly victims of this are people from the
lower classes of living. People who are living in slums, jobless people, the
vulnerable youth who are gullible to the word of their leaders.
by the members of the public. You find that during riots, the members of the
public will deliberately agitate the members of the police force and that is
when all the mayhem begins1
Lack of adequate training on
how to deal with individuals in non-violent situations.2
The lack of a clear explanation
on the standards of brutality and this leads to the leads to the numerous
variations on what brutality constitutes.
Consequences for misconduct are
minimal. 95% of the cases that are referred for federal prosecution are denied
by the prosecutors. This is because according to them they are inclined to
believe the police officers word since they work for the same government and so
the credibility of the victim is often challenged.
Settlements are shifted to
taxpayers. Officers who are found guilty if brutality typically finds the
settlement to their victims paid for by the tax payers. This leads to an
inflation of taxes and it’s unfair to the local citizen.
Minorities are unfairly
targeted. In the United States, most of the people targeted are either black or
Latinos. In Kenya, it is still the same case, people from the lower walks of
Police themselves acknowledge
that there is brutality among them and they choose to turn a blind eye simply
because they don’t want to taint the name of the police force. They also
acknowledge the problem of serious criminal violations that involve the abuse
of authority by fellow officers.