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Police brutality in the United States is almost an everyday part of life. In most major cities across the country, officers abuse their authority in the most flagrant ways. New York and Los Angeles are the most notorious cities for police brutality. In February of 1999, New York police burst into an apartment building in pursuit of Amandou Diallo. The police officers shot forty-one bullets at the unarmed African and hit him nineteen times. Reverend Al Sharpton started a protest movement against the killing. In a jury trial of their peers the police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man were acquited of all charges. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani responded to the verdict by stating "Probaly until the day I die, I will always give officers the benefit of the doubt." Two days after the verdict, Malcolm Ferguson, also unarmed was gunned down in the same Bronx neighborhood where Diallo was shot. Prior to these shootings Mayor Giuliani instituted a " zero tolerance" policy. The theory of the policy was to enforce all laws no matter how insignificant they may seem. This policy led to a huge increase in arrests for small crimes like public drinking, loud music, and biking on sidewalks. New York city managed to bring down the murder rate from 2,200 in 1992 to 600 in 1998, but some officers got the idea that is was acceptable to rough people up in the course of their investigations.…
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