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    How does the media portray police brutality? Is police brutality a global problem or do other cultures perceive police work differently?

    On March 30, 2014, protesters went on the streets in Albuquerque New Mexico about the death of a homeless, mental ill men who camped at the Sandia foothills.

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    Death of homeless man spurs protests over police brutality

    03/31/14 10:03 PM—Updated 04/01/14 12:09 AM

    By Clare Kim

    A protest in New Mexico turned violent late Sunday as local police clashed with civilians who were protesting the death of a homeless man after a standoff with police earlier this month.

    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque for over nine hours when police officers wearing riot gear used tear gas to break up crowds. Accusing the Albuquerque Police Department of excessive police brutality, the protesters claimed that law enforcement officials abused using deadly force after officers shot and killed James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man with a history of mental illness who was illegally camping in the Sandia Foothills area.
    Please answer the following questions:

    •Does the "we/they" police worldview contribute to the use of police brutality? How?

    •It is stated that the police today is comprised of a homogenous group of middle-class white males. What impact do you think this homogeneity has on the attitudes and cognitive processes of the police? Do you think the police selection and employment process requires changes? Why? Would a more culturally dynamic work force be beneficial to police work? How?

    •Other than changing selection and recruitment processes of police officers, what other changes need to be brought about to prevent police brutality?

    •How do instances of police brutality and force affect the perception of police agencies as protectors of the people?

    •Broken Windows was a community program designed to improve
    police-community relations and make policing more effective. How would the Broken Windows approach to policing impact the number of incidents of police brutality and citizen complaints? Why?

    •Are there any changes in law enforcement ethics since 9/11? What are these changes and how have they impacted law enforcement agencies?
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    How does the media portray police brutality? Is police brutality a global problem or do other cultures perceive police WORK differently?
    According to Karl Kraus, "Year after year, the game is played on and on, with the media continually portraying the police as calm, efficient yet sometimes bumbling, crime-stoppers with nothing on their minds but an indomitable commitment to bringing criminals to justice. Only occasionally is the hero-worship broken with documentaries about police violence, police racism, police sexism, or some alarming footage provided by citizen journalists who were lucky enough to capture some disturbing video on their cell phones. True-live detective shows falsely claim that the police want the public's help in solving a tough case, when the truth of the matter is that callers who do try to help end up being treated like suspects. True-live car chase shows maintain a glamour of lights, sirens, and crashes. News coverage tends to be bland -- "More details will emerge as the investigation continues" or overly sensational -- "Crazed lesbian bus driver mows down schoolchildren at bus stop. Story at 11." Nothing (absolutely nothing) of any substance about real police work (which mainly involves information collecting and not that much crime-fighting) is ever covered."
    So from this we can see that although the media tends to portray police in a good light, public recordings of police misconduct do affect this image when exposed.
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    According to Murtaza Haider, an Associate Professor at Ryerson, police brutality is a global phenomenon and other cultures do experience similar issues. You can look at his article in more detail here:

    •Does the "we/they" police worldview contribute to the use of police brutality? How?
    This view may contribute to police brutality. According to Robert Dunman and Geoffrey Alpert, this view reinforces an "ethos of autonomy" among police and this results in police officers making "authoritative decisions ...

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    This solution of 1,282 words explains how the media portray police brutality and the issue of police brutality around the world. It also examines a case study and answers the relevant questions. References used are included.