It can be hard to stand up and lay charges against someone who has oppressed you. However, it can be even more difficult if the offender is a police officer. It is unfortunate to see that cases of police brutality are on the rise in the United States. There are several factors which may lead to a police officer taking unfair advantage of their authority.
Who is more likely to face police brutality?
The reality is that anyone can be a victim of police brutality. They simply have to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. However, statistics do seem to show that there are some individuals who are more prone to this sort of injustice then others- specifically due to racial profiling.
Individuals who are more likely to face oppressive and unjust acts from a police officer generally tend to be those who are of a certain race or socioeconomic status. According to the National Council of Independent Learning (NCIL) and other authoritative sources, the individuals who are most likely to be subject to unjustified use of extreme force are those who are of a particular ethnicity, or those who are of a certain sexual orientation. Some of those individuals who are more vulnerable include:
- People of color
- People with disabilities
- Those who belong to the LGBTQ group
Once again, nearly anyone can be subject to police brutality but those who belong to the abovementioned groups seem to have a greater chance of being victimized. Therefore, if anyone belongs in these groups and they do end up being a victim then they have all the more reason to try and escalate their case legally.
Statistics regarding racial profiling and police brutality
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), racial profiling is still a major problem faced by the citizens of the United States despite popular claims that the US has now entered a ‘post-racial’ dawn of time and despite the fact that racial-profiling is considered illegal as well.
Washington University mentions that legitimate studies have proven that African American individuals- especially women- who are unarmed are more likely to be exposed to excessive force and even be killed unjustly by police officers. 60% of African American women who are killed by police officers were unarmed when they were shot. Other similar studies published through Washington State University reveal that African Americans experience the most fatalities due to police brutality out of the ‘people of color’ category.
Needless to say, this is unacceptable and anyone who has faced such violence should reach out to a police brutality attorney to start fighting for justice. If an individual was unjustly killed then their family members should reach out and start pursuing legal action in order to be compensated for their loss. No matter what category a person fits in, if they have been wronged and if they have had their right taken away by a police officer, then they deserve justice and they should pursue legal action through the help of a police brutality attorney in Cocoa, FL.