Bad Policing . When A Person Thinks Of A Policeman, A Variety

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Bad Policing When a person thinks of a policeman, a variety of thoughts will probably come to his or her mind. Some people feel a sense of security or fear, while others have accomplished an actual camaraderie with policemen. Who feels safe? Who is fearful of police and why are they? The United States Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment says, “The rights of citizens of the United States shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (United States Constitution). Since the abolishment of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans thought they would be equally treated in this country, but they have yet to have their wishes come true. Many…show more content…
Today, there is a high number of black males that are incarcerated. People automatically assume when a police apprehends a black male that he will be going to jail. It is a well-established fact that racial and ethnic disparities in arrest and incarceration are astronomical (Kutateladze and Lawson 980). Statistics show that despite making up only two percent of the total United States population, African American males between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four comprised more than fifteen percent of all deaths logged in 2015 by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police (alternet.org). Therefore, many black males no longer trust the police and think that the police are out to antagonize them. Even though the slavery of blacks ended in 1865, African Americans have since then still been mistreated and belittled. It is very scary situation once the people who are supposed to serve and protect begin enacting hate crime against blacks. The government may not say police brutality is a hate crime, but it is very much so. Deaths caused due to bad policing has dated all the way back to the early 1900s. Since Rodney King’s beating, up until the most recent victims, death changed the overall perspective of policemen. Some historians compare masters to modern day policemen because they show racial bias and kill many civilians as well. The

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