Dear Future President,
I am writing to you about the civil rights of the United States citizens. I feel there needs to be a change in the police departments across the whole United States. There are police departments that are doing their job correctly, but then other departments are taking advantage of power given to them.
Police brutality, or abusive power, has occurred in the past year on more than one occasion. According to Mapping Police Violence (http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/), police have killed at least 234 black citizens in the U.S. in 2016. Almost one hundred percent of cases in 2015 did not result in any officers being charged with a crime. Black people are more likely to be killed by a police officer than white people. Thirty percent of blacks were unarmed compared to the white victims.
I feel police brutality should not happen to innocent people because not everyone will or can (hearing impaired) understand the officer’s orders. Police officers should have body cameras so the supervising officer at the police station can see what the suspects are doing at the same time as the arresting officer. Around the United States, people are not feeling comfortable because of the police brutality happening in their communities. People in communities should not sue police officers without knowing what happened and that is why I think body cameras would help for everyone to know the details of the incident.
Police officers should get suspended or lose their license if they purposely hurt an innocent person without a justifiable reason or legit fear for the officer’s or citizen’s life. People in the community should feel safe and protected, not scared and frightened. In my opinion, all lives matter and everyone should have a chance. Police brutality should not happen to people for no reason.
I hope that you take police brutality issues into consideration to help stop the killing of innocent people. Families in the United States would be thankful because some communities are dealing with this issue. New legislation needs to be created to help put a stop to the police brutality happening in cities right now. Please help the citizens and communities in the United States feel safe.
Mappingpoliceviolence, (2016). Ret 10.26.16