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Case
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Reference no. C28-13-008
Published by: Tecnologico de Monterrey
Originally published in: 2006
Version: 18 December 2006

Abstract

This case presents the beating of a senior citizen by police and the justifications given by the law enforcement officers as to why they used such force and the eyewitness accounts that questioned the unnecessary use of force. This brings into question the overwhelming expectations and stress put on the police force after the hurricane experience, as well as the historic racism of the region and the country at large towards African American people and the poor, highlighting their history of slavery and abuse in the United States. How do such facts influence both the actions of citizens and their perception by society at large? Based on the testimonies and taping of the event, were the officers violating human rights or were they acting appropriately? More importantly, why does such an event occur? Is it the result or combination of psychological motivation, stress, social conditioning and situational contexts?

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Abstract

This case presents the beating of a senior citizen by police and the justifications given by the law enforcement officers as to why they used such force and the eyewitness accounts that questioned the unnecessary use of force. This brings into question the overwhelming expectations and stress put on the police force after the hurricane experience, as well as the historic racism of the region and the country at large towards African American people and the poor, highlighting their history of slavery and abuse in the United States. How do such facts influence both the actions of citizens and their perception by society at large? Based on the testimonies and taping of the event, were the officers violating human rights or were they acting appropriately? More importantly, why does such an event occur? Is it the result or combination of psychological motivation, stress, social conditioning and situational contexts?

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