Police Brutality Goes Beyond Just Murder Cases
Growing up I remember all of my friends wanting to become police officers because they prevented crime and had a reputation for keeping everyone safe. Dressed in nice uniforms, decent salary and was able to carry a gun. I’m sure none of my friends were aware of how dangerous police officers can be as they sometimes abuse their authority. A common result of police officers abusing their authority is police brutality. Police brutality is the deliberate use of excessive force that is usually physical but in few cases verbal, by a police officer. In most known cases of police brutality, the victim normally ends up dead. However, the very few victims who survive the beatings end up with psychological disorders that can be treated but not cured.
One of the most common psychological disorders that are a result of police brutality is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious psychiatric disorder that normally occurs from life threatening situations which makes sense as to why most victims of police brutality develop it. Common symptoms of PTSD is hallucinations, flashbacks, isolation, lost of interest, irritability, insomnia and outburst of anger. PTSD cannot be cured but it can be treated by a variety of medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc that control the feelings of anxiety. Also, therapy helps victims of PTSD cope with their issues but many decide not cooperate with it because of isolation and their lack of interest.
An article on Copblock titled “The Long-Term Effects of Police Brutality” was written by a victim of police brutality that is currently suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic anxiety attacks and is borderline agoraphobic. Before becoming a victim of police brutality, the victim instilled all her trust into the law enforcement as she believed that police officers had a job of protecting people not hurting them. However, she talks about how sun up to sun down she lives in fear as she is afraid of going anywhere since her attack by a police officer occurred. “The impact of police brutality please stop victimizing people especially when they are rendered as defenseless it is not necessary. Bullying is NOT allowed in our schools and it most CERTAINLY should not be tolerated on the streets especially by authority we are supposed to be able to depend on.” This victim went from trusting police officers to suffering from PSTD and anxiety attacks because of them.
The victim who wrote “The Long-Term Effects of Police Brutality” isn’t the only one suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As previously stated it is fairly common that PTSD is a rational human response to extremely violent situations such as police brutality. Matt Agorist who wrote the article “The Unreported PTSD Problem Among Victims of Police State Violence” stated “Sadly, the violence that now causes these people to loose sleep at night is taboo, but even more than that no one even wants to admit that this violence exists.” According to Matt Agorist, people who suffer from PTSD because of police brutality related issues aren’t recognized and in most cases ignored to protect the police officers reputation. This only makes the issue worst as the victims of PTSD not only suffer alone but know there isn’t anyone that could possibly help them.
Police brutality has been an ongoing issue in our society for decades but has been getting more attention due to the amount of victims that are killed each year because of it. In most cases these victims are unarmed and are mainly African-American males who have been murdered because police officers don’t know when to use appropriate force instead of excessive force. However, the amount of killings hasn’t been the worst of it but instead the amount of victims who survive the brutality that now suffer daily from psychological disorders that can only be treated. Not only do these victims suffer from chronic anxiety attacks, phobias and in most cases Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they suffer these disorders alone as the law enforcement try to cover these cases and leave them unnoticed to protect their behalf.
“Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.
“The Long Term Effects of Police Brutality | Cop Block.” Cop Block. 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.
Agorist, Matt. “The Unreported PTSD Problem Among Victims of Police State Violence.” The Free Thought Project. 7 July 2014. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.
Ryan, Tom. “Police Brutality: The Impact on the Victims.” EHow. Demand Media. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.