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The truth about police brutality

No matter how one looks at it, the topic of police brutality is among one of America's most crucial. As incident after incident proves that the nation has long struggled with an imbalance in its justice system, countless innocent lives in New York are lost -- whether placed behind bars, harmed or even killed at the hands of an officer. The nation may still be grappling with this widespread issue, but what are some of the possible solutions raised so far? 

Sometimes, refreshing on the facts can help make solutions seem clearer. Vox uses its own study to show the severe imbalance in regard to U.S. police and black Americans: black people accounted for 31 percent of all law enforcement killings in 2012, despite only making up 13 percent of the population. Using voluntary reports from various police agencies nationwide, Vox goes on to reveal that unarmed minorities are most likely to be killed by police. Furthermore, black people face higher chances of being arrested for drugs and incarceration. Searching for answers, Vox considers subconscious racial biases, a contributing factor to the massive disparities in the ways police use force.  

In addition to tracing back to the root's of one's racial biases, The Washington Post turns to another possible answer to the problem of police brutality and racial discrimination in America: bring more female police officers into the field. Using studies spanning back four decades, The Post goes on to share that women officers are generally less authoritarian in their approaches to conflicts. In addition, they can be better communicators and tend to rely less on the use of force. Contrary to popular belief that females make poor officers, the studies showed that women were just as capable as men in these difficult situations. While this solution seems ideal, the number of women in the police force remains relatively low. Part of changing the industry -- and ultimately the problem of police brutality, as well -- involves debunking stereotypes and reshaping public consciousness when it comes to racial bias.  

 

 

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