What is Police Brutality? - Definition, Statistics & History


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The scale of varying levels of force that law enforcement officers use is called the _____ continuum.

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1. The preferred level of force used by police is:

2. Kevin is a police officer. While arresting a suspect, the suspect begins to hit and choke Kevin. Feeling he has no choice, Kevin punches and kicks the suspect to restrain him. Kevin is using the _____ technique of empty-hand control.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although a series of police shootings and deaths of unarmed suspects spawned the grassroots protest movement Black Lives Matter in 2014, police brutality has been an urban issue for several decades. This quiz and worksheet highlight some statistics on police brutality and will help you understand the scope of the problem as well as ways law enforcement officials are trying to stop it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments help you to understand the following aspects of police brutality:

  • Chief complaint in accounts of police brutality
  • Common victims in cases of police brutality
  • Strategies to limit the use of excessive force by police
  • Prosecution of police charged with using excessive force and brutality
  • Types of behaviors defined as police brutality

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about studies and statistics on police brutality and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the changing attitudes toward police behavior
  • Making connections - examine how technology has affected the problem of police brutality
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on factors involved in the issue of police brutality

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, What is Police Brutality? - Definition, Statistics & History. This lesson helps you achieve the following goals:

  • Understand the problems with statistics on police brutality
  • Explain the court system's treatment of the problem
  • Cite examples of police brutality
  • List some of the steps taken to decrease the use of excessive force