Questions Arise: Two More Deaths Highlight Police Brutality

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Two more incidents of possible abuses by police have made their way into the headlines this week.

The first occurred in Waller County, Texas where Sandra Bland, a "Black Lives Matter" activist, died in police custody after being arrested seemingly for asserting her rights. Dash cam video of her actual arrest has been suspiciously altered, released and re-released, contributing to the suspicious nature of her death, which occurred in a holding cell and was ruled originally a suicide.

There are not only questions regarding how and why Sandra Bland died but also the reasoning behind the aggressive tactics employed by the officer during the traffic stop.

The investigation into the many facets of this case are ongoing but it speaks to multiple points of failure and abuse by police beginning with the arrest and her treatment at the police station.

The second incident occurred when Officer Ray Tensing shot Samuel Dubose once in the head on July 19th after what has been described as a brief struggle. According to Tensing, Dubose refused to show his license and also did have an open bottle of alcohol in his car.

Dubose, according to Officer Tensing, struggled and resisted arrest after being asked and refusing to get out of his car. Dubose was unarmed at the time.

Even with the attention and scrutiny being placed on law-enforcement after numerous high profile cases of police brutality and corruption, new cases continually fill timelines, blog posts and other forms of media almost daily.

It seems no amount of public outrage has curbed what seems to be a national epidemic.

Bringing these events into the public consciousness has done little to curb the frequency of occurrence instead it has highlighted the brashness, brazen lack of discipline, training and disregard for human rights rampant of these “so-called” public servants.

I am not one to say that all officers of the law fall into that category but unfortunately law-enforcement as a whole has had the most trouble policing itself.