Police Brutality Against African Americans

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“What are you following me for?” “You shot me. You shot me!” “Please don’t let me die” “Officer, why do you have your guns out?” “I can’t breathe.” “I don’t have a gun. Stop Shooting.”(The Last Words). These were some of the last words from victims of police brutality against African Americans. Police brutality has been occurring ever since the police force began, but recently, the police have been targeting African Americans. In 2016, more than 250 African Americans were killed by the police. Most of the victims were unarmed and have not committed a serious offense. These frightening statistics do not have to continue. If the average American recognized the severity of the issue and raised their voice, this inequity …show more content…

“From the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, to the Pullman Strike of 1894, the Lawrence textile strike of 1912, the Ludlow massacre of 1914, the Steel strike of 1919, and the Hanapepe massacre of 1924, the police would brutally beat striking laborers.” (History 1) But ever since the civil rights movement of the mid- 1900s, the police have diverted their attention to African Americans. During the civil rights movement, the police used appalling tactics on the protesters. March 7, 1965 was a day famously known as “Bloody Sunday”. Protesters marched from Selma to Montgomery as a response to the killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson, a protester who was fatally shot by the police on February 17. He was shot in the stomach by Trooper James Fowler during a protest. Six hundred marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC), came together on March 7. They were to cross over the Edmund Pettus bridge, over the Alabama river, but they fell short of that plan. “Just short of the bridge, they found their way blocked by Alabama State troopers and local police who ordered them to turn around. When the protesters refused, the officers shot teargas and waded into the crowd, beating the nonviolent protesters with billy clubs and ultimately hospitalizing over fifty people. “ (Selma 3)“Protesters were rushed by K-9 German Shepherds and had high pressure water hoses used on them”(History). In some cases,

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