Lack of continual coverage by the media encourages the negative culture of police brutality because there is no pressure to the relevant stakeholders to ensure prosecution and, therefore, many cases are left unresolved. The other problem of police brutality is also very difficult to monitor, as most databases are state specific and not centralized, which makes it more difficult to monitor trends of persecutions and convictions in the whole country.The data for police brutality is hard to come by according to FBI Director James B. Comey in a February speech he gave in 2015 because the reporting of incidents is voluntary, which makes it hard to decipher trends (FBI). He went on to promise that he would start pushing his own department and those of other departments to become more proactive in reporting on brutality cases and officer misconduct. This he says will help remove public mistrust of the police and the growing feelings of anger towards the police. However, stage-managed speeches only served to confirm to the public that the police and indeed the FBI were not taking the matter of police brutality all too seriously. Non–white communities still feel more targeted by the police and this shows in their response to surveys. The activity of policing is a very societal-based activity of the government, and in its function of governance. The police force has policies and regulations in place that dictate procedures and actions of officers (Spark 3). However, sometimes unacceptable actions of the police using unacceptable force, inhumane treatment and violence have been witnessed. There are many social factors that influence it such as population concentrations, police infrastructure, economic levels of a police jurisdiction, capacity, cultural demographic, media, politics, federal legislation and the constitution. Spark argues that although the American Police have the reputation of being one of the most patriotic forces globally, they have also been charged with several accusations of brutality and impartiality based on economic and racial lines (Spark 45).The media plays an important role of reporting and communicating events to the public on any issue that is of interest. This role of reporting of events makes it incumbent on the media to investigate into events and issues of public concern such as police brutality. Though the media may engage in such investigations in order to sensationalize the content for their stations, which in turn raises
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