Story by Breanna Finney
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed in a suburb of Ferguson, Missouri by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. This sparked a nation-wide controversy concerning the safety of citizens regarding police officers.
This is not the first case of police brutality to ever appear in the U.S., but appears to be the most influential case of our generation. Another influence of our generation is social media. Videos and stories of violent handling by the law enforcement are being spread across the world via Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere they are able to be posted. There are websites dedicated to “busting cops”.
Some police officers and other enforcers of the law should definitely learn to keep a plug on their temper when someone wants to undermine authority. Of course, you’re supposed to enforce the law but not put physical force with the law. There is a proper etiquette that police officers have to follow, steps to take before resorting to violence from a stern talking to the use of pepper spray. These things can calm a situation down or at least help to apprehend a suspect.
With these stories of police officers getting rough with a grown man or a small kid, everyone only sees the police officer doing the wrong. What about the reason that officer was called to the scene? Police officers are not called for just anything. Each call an officer takes is made to come to the rescue of someone, not to cause physical harm. Maybe if we didn’t do things to get law enforcement involved or do things to make a police officer feel the need to shoot his weapon, there wouldn’t be so much rioting and hate for anyone involved in a police brutality case.
As a society we all need to sit back and look at the facts, before we decided to pick up our picket signs. Who is really wrong and what is really the truth? That is the only way to find justice and ensure safety of all parties involved.