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Police Brutality

About Police Brutality

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Police brutality is the use of unnecessary, excessive force by police in their encounters with civilians. The force used is beyond what would be considered necessary in the situation at hand. This may involve the use of a weapon—a baton, Taser, or gun—when such force is not warranted by the situation. In some cases, the use of tear gas, nerve gas, or pepper spray may be considered police brutality if the people targeted are gathered in a peaceful assembly. Police brutality can also involve psychological intimidation, verbal abuse, false arrests, and sexual abuse. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • How has the Black Lives Matter movement brought attention to police brutality?
  • Is police brutality against minorities, juveniles or the poor a serious problem?
  • How can the extent of police brutality be measured?
  • What are the causes of police brutality?
  • Is racism a factor in police brutality?
  • Does job stress contribute to police brutality?
  • Can police self-defense be mistaken for brutality?
  • How can police brutality be reduced?
  • Should civilian review boards supervise police misconduct?
  • Would community policing reduce police brutality?
  • Would better training of police reduce police brutality?
  • Does job stress contribute to police brutality?
  • Should TASER electroshock weapons be used on children?