Let’s set aside our opinions on this matter and look at some numbers – a little bit of logic and factual information never hurt anyone! These numbers have been pulled from government websites and FBI statistics made available to the public.
Of people who have been in contact with police officers, an average of 1.2 to 1.4 percent of the cases had force used against them. Most of them felt that the force was excessive, but of that 1.4 percent about 12 percent of them were disobeying or threatening the police officer, and 22 percent argued with, verbally threatened, or swore at the police officer. 19 percent of that 1.4 perent were pushed or grabbed by the police officer.
Unfortunately, demographic data is not mandatory to report, and so it is nearly impossible to see the accurate percentages of police brutality or shootings by race. Therefore, any news report or online article stating “facts” about such statistics are very likely falsified.
Even worse if these articles say that these facts come from the FBI – those working for the FBI will say on their own website that this demographic data is unreliable and not mandatory to report! About seven police officers in every group of 100, or 11 per 100 for larger cities, play “bad cop” and use excessive force. In contrast, about 29 percent of police officers – against that aforementioned 1.2 percent or 1.4 percent – were injured and/or assaulted in 2014. Recent experiments with cameras strapped to police officers’ chests have actually slightly decreased the number of credible brutality reports.
Let’s think about that: Almost 34 percent of all police brutality stems from the other individual disobeying the police officer or even threatening or attempting to harm the officer.
Police officers are no different than civilians; their survival instincts will kick in just like anyone else’s. To eliminate every single brutality report of this form, the solution is quite simple: behave politely and listen to the police when they ask you to pull over or approach you. Don’t run or mouth off – basically, treat others as you wish to be treated.
Something else that has stemmed from these brutality reports – individuals taking it upon themselves to murder police officers. What’s going to happen with this action? Nothing good! Police officers simply want to get home safely at the end of the day, just like normal civilians.
By acting out in this way, police officers are more likely to be on higher guard or react quicker if they suspect someone is going to use a weapon against them or assault them. In turn, this will create higher brutality or shooting cases, and creates more unrest.Can you see the vicious cycle this creates?
Let’s take a quick look at the media’s coverage on these cases. Almost every time a television is turned to a news station, there’s a new case being covered, or opening a case that happened a year ago. Bloggers and social media blow up the Internet with their opinions on the matter of police brutality. Is this all warranted? Are there really more brutality cases than ever before?
In previous years, police brutality was a pretty uncommon thing to hear about. However, in the new era of microaggression and such deep divisions among opinions running rampant, maybe the media is magnifying matters and making it seem a lot more common than police brutality really is. Remember, just seven to 11 per 100 officers are officers that are likely to use force.
My personal opinion? While police brutality is existent, and troublesome matter, it is not as common as mainstream media makes it out to be. Watch out for falsified information that’s thrown online. By simply listening to a police officer and not running away or threatening him or her, you will decrease your chances of an encounter involving brutality by 34%.
By obeying the law, you’ll decrease your chances of an encounter involving brutality by a lot more than that! Also, police cameras should be used more often so that true brutality cases can be dealt with accordingly. Reader, what’s your opinion?