"HOW DOES THE REALLOCATION OF TAX-PAYER FUNDS DESIGNATED TO FUNDING LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE REDUCTION OF CRIME AND POLICE BRUTALITY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT AND INCORPORATION OF PUBLIC AND SOCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS?"
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AbstractThe intended topic of this thesis is to address the issue of police brutality in America. Incidents of police brutality against unarmed black men and women seem to be more prevalent, with no solution in the near future.1 As this thesis is being drafted, various news stations present news about another unarmed black victim, Tyree Nichols, in Memphis, Tennessee. Police stopped him during a traffic stop where a group of police officers removed him from his vehicle, induced fear and confusion, and violently beat him, resulting in his death at the nearby hospital from injuries.2 Prior to this case, a more widely known, high-profile police killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin sparked global protest and outrage. Incidents of police brutality in the U.S. have exemplified the underlying issue of White supremacy in our criminal justice system. The killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, most recently Tyree Nichols, and countless others show us how law enforcement disproportionately harms marginalized groups.
Degree ProgramCriminal Justice Studies