Summary: This article uses historical context in order to try to pin down some different causes of police brutality today. It acknowledges that racism is one major cause of police brutality, but it also explores other reasons that the problem is still so prevalent today. One thing it looks at is how as a culture, Americans glorify law enforcement. It also looks at the War on Terror, and increased security laws as a way of police getting away with abusing their power. Bias: There is a clear bias in this article. The whole premise of the article seems to have an agenda against police officers. It seems to shrug off the fact that sometimes police do feel that their lives are in danger when using lethal force. I think that this is not really an issue with the legitimacy of the article because most of us agree that this is a problem, and that racism is still pervasive in our culture.
Summary: This article attempts to offer a solution for the problem of police brutality. It lists seven ways that individuals can help in the fight against police brutality. Many of these involve individuals trying to stand up against the system that allows this to happen, either through protest, or remembrance. Bias: There is a clear bias in that this article is not attempting to be retaliatory against the police. It seeks to give people ways that they can stand up to the injustices perpetuated by some police. I think that the bias comes from the nature of the solutions presented. None of the solutions actually advocate for any laws or bills to be passed that would limit police brutality. They focus on ways that people need to think in order to stop the violence. I would argue that many people who are aware that police brutality is a problem, already think the way that the article advocates.
Summary: This is not a pure example of police brutality, but rather an example of how police officers seem to be treated less harshly than other people in the eyes of the law. The man in the article was off duty and driving drunk. He struck and killed another person. The article describes his release. Bias: There does not seem to be too much bias in this article. It lays out the facts of the case in a clear way, and provides quotes from the attorneys involved with the case.