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How African Americans Perceive The Police

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Racism and police brutality have been a topic of debate for many years. Pundits on both side of the debate argue their points. However, those who are directly affected, African Americans and other minorities know all too well the harsh reality. They have faced racism and police brutality for many decades. Police brutality remains a major concern today for those in the black community. I will review how African Americans perceive the police and in what ways can their perception be changed as well as effective conflict resolution strategies. I will conduct my research through journal articles, historical cases, books and assigned texts.
“Racism is an ideology, or belief system, designed to justify and explain racial and ethnic discrimination” (Chaney & Robertson, 2013). “Police brutality is defined as "the use of excessive physical power or verbal assault and psychological intimidation” (Chaney & Robertson, 2013).
The data shows that in the most recent full year, 2015, there were 1,140 people killed by interactions with police. Of the 1,140 killed 303 were black (The Guardian, 2016). While more whites were killed by police in 2015 the most damaging evidence shows that of the 303 blacks that were killed, 75 were unarmed. To sum it all up, 303 blacks were killed in 2015 with 75 or 25 percent being unarmed. Since the majority of police are white, the claim is that racism is involved with white police officers killing unarmed blacks. Especially when 25 percent of blacks that
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