Thesis: Although we are a country founded on freedom, in times of crisis, we are willing to sacrifice freedom for safety. In the aftermath of 9/11, the overwhelming amount of casualties resulted in a drastic enhancement in security throughout the country and the implementation of the Patriot Act. In order to preserve the safety of American citizens, certain civil liberties were revoked. The federal government enforced more thorough background checks, airport security, as well as phone and media surveillance to seize any terroristic leads or activities. Although this lessened their freedom of privacy, American citizens were accepting of the changes in national security to ensure the safety of the nation. Over a decade later, new crises have arisen where safety takes precedence over freedom, for police brutalities have altered our perception of safety as well as the police force. In the Ferguson case, police forces were used to control the masses but endangered citizens in the process. Because of racial tension between police and African Americans, the safety of this race was compromised. Although these events have received extensive media attention, because of the power the police have, it has made citizens feel uneasy about their safety. Forcing curfews on the citizens lessened their freedom but at least ensured their safety during this dangerous time. Thus, citizens of our contemporary society deem safety as preferential to freedom, especially in times of crisis.