Blog post #3: Police and Abuse of Power

The other day I was on facebook and stumbled accross this article that my friend posted. It is about a man who died while being arrested. “David Sal Silva, 33 and the father of four young children, died early Wednesday morning after deputies say he fought with them and CHP officers who’d responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center”. Witnesses say that the man begged for his life and recorded the entire incident on their cellphones. Their phones were taken away by police after being told that the evidence was there. I do not think this man deserved to be beaten to death even though he refused to be arrested. It wasn’t even known if he happened to be the intoxicated man that they were looking for in the first place. Situations like these make people wonder if the police are really protecting them or initimidating them, especially when they take the phones away from the witnesses that have the evidence of the incident on them. This is not the first time that police officers acted in a way in which they abuse their power and authority. Being a police officer does not mean that you could do whatever you want and beat people senseless with no good reason. When things like this occur, it becomes hard for citizens to trust the people that are supposedly protecting them. This situation makes me think of Fanon and how he says colonialism is built on force and how police officers use force when interacting with the people

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4 responses to “Blog post #3: Police and Abuse of Power

  1. I totally agree with this post. I realize that once someone has a lot of power and authority, they take advantage of it. There has been many incidents where police officers abuse their power in the wrong way. Sometimes I see them put their sirens on because they dont want to wait in traffic or wait at a simple red light. Also in other countries, such as India, i know for sure police officers take advantage of their position but sometimes they would take bribes from people to bend the law when thats the right time to take action.

  2. Sadly, it is very true that many police officers and other people in authority take advantage of their power. By their actions it makes it hard to rely on a police officer for help when you can only see the negative they do.

  3. I think its time we begin to think of ways to reform police recruitment. I’ve seen too many instances in which police officers show a tremendous lack of intellect and capability to perform their duties. Of course not all officers fail to serve and protect, but the one’s that do should take a long look in the mirror and think to themselves why they wanted to enter law enforcement in the first place.

  4. I agree that often people in power take advantage of it and when they make mistakes they have other people in power to take care or get rid of the issue. In the case of your post, the evidence was removed from witnesses in order to protect the police. I believe this was done because they department knew they did something wrong and would have to be punished for it, but what happens when the people in charge of the punishing are the ones who need to be punished? their mistakes are forgiven and an excuse if found to make the mistake acceptable. I agree that the police can often lose their trust from society, they are supposed to be the ones protecting us but how can we feel safe around them if they are the ones doing the harm. More and more cases like this where the power the police has is used to take advantage of citizens are coming to light and this is often forgiven because they are backed up and protected from other powers. There is something that definitely needs to be done about this issue.

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