POLICE BRUTALITY IN South Africa What is police brutality
What is police brutality??
• Police brutality is the use of excessive and unnecessary force used by police when dealing with civilians.
• The controversy surrounding police brutality isn’t a new idea, dating back to the 1800s however, it has been a topic of conversation in recent years with related cases popping up in the news regularly
Different forms of police brutality!!
• The most obvious form of police brutality is a physical form
• Police officers can use nerve gases, batons, pepper spray, and guns in order to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians.
• Can also however take place in form of false arrests, verbal abuse, racial profiling and political repression.
As a societal issue
• Dates all the way back to the industrial revolution in the 1870s when the law enforcement would physically harm workers that went on strike.
• In more recent history, some of the most famous reporting’s of police brutality happened during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
• Where officers used high power water hoses to knock civilians to the ground, as well as police dogs to attack protestors.
• Most people believe that police brutality is because of racial discrimination.
• Even though racial profiling still exists, anyone regardless of race, gender or age can become a victim of police brutality
Solution to police brutality
• Nowadays in South Africa, we have many laws addressing police brutality and under these laws police brutality is seen as a very serious offence and is investigated by a commission of district attorney.
• Even with the laws covering police brutality, many complaints made by civilians about excessive use of force are not being investigated.
• I think this is because police officers have the authority “to use force when necessary” and often difficult to prove that police brutality has taken place.