In order to fully understand why law enforcement has such a bad image with the public, I researched the history of police brutality. The best article I found is a little old, but then main focus of the article is what events have happened that have had the most impact on the public views of law enforcement officers. The Rodney King case is the best example of an event that will always stick out as an event that will never be forgotten. That case gave law enforcement officers all around the nation a bad name. The article also includes sections on why police brutality occurs and how it can be prevented.
Worsnop, R. L. (1991, September 6). Police brutality. CQ Researcher, 1, 633-656. Retrieved from http://0-library.cqpress.com.topcat.switchinc.org/cqresearcher/
For my second source, I wanted to find examples of how law enforcement has tried to improve their public image. The DARE program has been implemented into elementary schools across the nation in order to educate young students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Although DARE seems to have little to no effect on the students once they reach high school, law enforcement educated them about everything that can and will happen to them if they use drugs and alcohol.
Masci, D. (2002, March 15). Preventing teen drug use. CQ Researcher, 12, 217-241. Retrieved from http://0-library.cqpress.com.topcat.switchinc.org/cqresearcher/