Law enforcement, Abuses of police power, Abuse towards African-Americans

Document Type

Research Paper


Following the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles Police Officers, “Congress empowered the federal government to police local law enforcement in 1994” in a statute known as 14141. Under this code revision, the Department of Justice (DOJ) could investigate allegations of misconduct and enforce systematic change; however, moves by the new executive administration have called this mission into question. The stakes are high in policing, especially in light of increasing abuses of police power - more specifically, the disproportionate abuse towards African-Americans and minorities. This paper will discuss the policies and groups in contestation over reforming law enforcement in the United States and assert that all reasonable parties desire accomplishing the same goal: safe communities and safe police officers.



Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Police; Police brutality--United States; African Amerians--Violence against--United States; Minorities--Violence against--United States; Police--Violence against--United States; Police-community relations--United States


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Geographic Coverage

United States









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