Police brutality is the use of excessive and unnecessary force by police while interacting with civilians. Excessive force does not have an exact legal definition but is generally understood to mean more force than is reasonable and necessary for the circumstances. Police brutality is a violation of a person’s civil rights. It may involve physical contact, the use of weapons, or the use of suppression methods such as pepper spray against civilians. It may also involve other actions, including corruption, false arrest, psychological intimidation, and physical or sexual abuse.
The first police forces in the United States were formed in the mid-nineteenth century as a means of maintaining law and order among the fast-growing populations of the northern cities. Early...Read more