Police Brutality Quotes (125 quotes)
Police killed 1,164 people in 2018.
Police brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct which involves undue violence by police members. Widespread police brutality exists in many countries and territories, even those that prosecute it. The term "police brutality" was in use in the American press as early as , when the Chicago Tribune  reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station. The origin of 'modern' policing based on the authority of the nation state is commonly traced back to developments in seventeenth and 18th century France , with modern police departments being established in most nations by the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cases of police brutality appear to have been frequent then, with "the routine bludgeoning of citizens by patrolmen armed with nightsticks or blackjacks. Portions of the populations may perceive the police to be oppressors.
Importance of benchmarks
The collection of law enforcement use of force statistics has been mandated as a responsibility of the Attorney General since the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of Challenges on the collection of use of force statistics were discussed, including the identification and collection of excessive force data. The first step to measure excessive force is to capture the use of any action deemed as force, regardless of whether or not it is excessive. Therefore, recommendations were made on how to measure law enforcement use of force nationally with the ability to identify which acts were excessive. Since , additional efforts have been made by BJS and other DOJ agencies to capture a broader understanding of law enforcement use of force, including training and policy. The following projects have collected data on various aspects of law enforcement use of force:.