Police brutality and how it has changed over the years

Police brutality and how it has changed over the years

What, if any, changes have occurred in the nation’s police departments
21 years after the Rodney King beating? To answer this question, this study examined
findings provided by the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project
(NPMSRP). An additional goal of this study was to examine how the public generally
perceive police and how race and racism shape this discourse. To answer this secondary
question, we examined narratives provided by 36 contributors to the NPMSRP site. The
following two questions were foundational to this study: (1) What do findings from the
NPMSRP suggest about the rate of police brutality in America? (2) How do individuals
perceive the police department, and what implications do these perceptions hold for
Black men in America? In general, fatalities at the hands of police are higher than they
are for the general public. Grounded theory analysis of the data revealed that individuals
perceive members of law enforcement in the following ways: (a) contempt for law
enforcement, (b) suspicion of law enforcement, (c) law enforcement as agents of
brutality, and (d) respect for law enforcement. Supporting qualitative data are presented
in connection with each of the aforementioned themes.