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Fighting america's police brutality problem

Police brutality is one of the most debated topics in America today, but also one that many are hesitant to discuss. Those who have been a victim of violence at the hands of law enforcement can feel overwhelmed at the legal steps involved, and some are apprehensive about reporting the incident altogether. The following discusses the current outlook of this issue in New York and across the country as a whole.

One contributor from the NY Daily News reminded readers last June that a large majority of the country's police are still not held accountable for their actions. 2017 was a horrific year when it came to police brutality, as NY Daily recognizes the thousands who fell victim to excessive force from an officer. While the solution to this problem is beyond complex, the main issues appear to lie in a system rooted in white supremacy, racism and classism. NY Daily makes a call to action, claiming America needs to choose a new path of recourse, in addition to the protesting, marching, petitioning and voting. Among them was a series of 25 policy shifts that the Daily discusses in a later piece on police brutality.    

While physically violent assaults are all too common within law enforcement, USA Today sheds light on a lesser-discussed, subtler form of violence that often goes overlooked: emotional and verbal abuse. Such forms of police abuse can happen even when an officer does not consciously intend to harm the victim. USA even reflects on a recent study to show that police brutality can have lasting health effects on those who go through such experiences. 

Also in search of a solution, the article continues by stressing that America should not ignore its past; history has proven that minorities face unfair treatment from law enforcement, resulting in a long and dangerous line of imbalance. Simply a way of oppressing groups, police brutality is a problem that has even trickled into the nation's education system -- where children of color often receive education of lesser quality than lighter-skinned students. How, then, does one address this prevalent issue? USA Today closes by encouraging its audience to expand knowledge on the topic, advocate criminal justice reform and take part in other efforts to put an end to police brutality. 

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