John and Enrique Gonzalez Massachusetts

Police Brutality is a Problem

Police brutality can be stopped with the help of our next president.

Dear Next President,

Police brutality is a serious issue in the United States of America and as the next president, we need you to take further actions to stop this issue. As the next president, we need you to hold a commission to help prevent the issue. As well as try to create a law to help invent a punishment for police brutality. Innocent people are being killed because police officers are abusing their power as a cop and they are causing unnecessary harm, all of this could be stopped or prevented.

This is a rising dilemma and while you spend your time in office something must be done to stop this horrible problem. In the article “How can Police Brutality be Stopped” it claims “Police had been attempting to arrest Garner for selling untaxed cigarettes, but he ultimately died during the incident.” This is a demonstration of an officer that could've handled the situation in a less harmful way. The man could have come out of the scenario uninjured but the police man abused his power and poorly handled the event. We believe police brutality is ultimately an unnecessary thing that shouldn’t even have to exist. Until this controversy is addressed it will only repeat itself causing more damage and more harm. Your help will put an end to this terrible dilemma which is slowly spreading across the nation.

People may believe police brutality is a one way street but others argue that people are provoking the officers. Officers may have felt like the best way to handle a situation would be to bring it to the standards we have seen. Often times the victims of these deaths were killed by officers with reasoning behind the position they were put in. At times there were individuals who refuse to act on the officer's command. Other times officers may have felt threatened because someone may have pulled a weapon out or looked as if they were to. The people that stand for the argument against police brutality may dispute but others with different reason will always stand against them. Many people also believe that the officers are attempting to assess the situation and in a split second decision they might not make the correct choice. The police brutality Weebly website claims “Although police would ideally use the minimum amount of force to subdue a criminal or a crowd without excessively endangering themselves or bystanders, it can be very difficult to judge the risks posed by an assailant in a split-second.” It is a hard decision to make the decision in a quick amount of time but as the next president we need you to do something to make them make the correct decision.

Although crimes may be committed unless the victim tries to kill the cops i don't believe their is any reason for the cops to kill them. Although the actions may be unprovoked, there are many other ways to handle the situation and killing shouldn’t be number one. No matter what happens killing is not the answer and people who defend saying police brutality is provoked the cops abuse their power, and use extreme force to kill people. The Huffington post article Tremaine McMillian, 14-Year-Old With Puppy, Choked By Miami-Dade Police Over ‘Dehumanizing Stares’ says “Miami-Dade Police says officers were forced to throw a beach-going 14-year-old to the ground and forcibly restrain him because of clenched fists and ‘dehumanizing stares.’” The officers that are using force to grasp a situation often are panicking and putting the problem in their own hand and making the wrong decision. The article Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide claims “blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities,” this shows a higher tendency for african americans to be shot and killed which is a serious issue. This leads people to believe that cops might be bringing racial point of views into their jobs and causing unnecessary harm because of stereotypes they may have. Once the condition develops to a point where everybody has profound the crisis we can stand together and make a difference. With you and the people of America’s help we can assemble police officers around the world ability to assess the circumstance they end up in.

Finding hope for us Americans is certainly not easy. However, this movement can be uncomplicated if it is assessed in your hands. Your power could bring such a force that it could start a trend in communities logic. It will spark an outburst of popularity whereas this can be apparent to police departments and so they can discipline their officers. With your help a line of obstacles could be surpassed, therefore ending police brutality and all other complications along with it. Thank you for reserving time to read this and spend time in your office wisley.

With great respect and admiration,

John and Enrique Gonzalez

Glenbrook Middle School

Grade 7 English Language Arts

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