Not only has Police Brutality exposed hidden racism, but it has begun to cause separation in our nation. All of these Police Brutality cases such as Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, and Trayvon Martin just to name a few, all have happened within the last 3 years, and they were all documented on camera, exposing the reality to millions around the world. The conflict didn’t stop at the shootings though, many big-name Athletes stood up for the altercations and asked for attention. I am going to go over each individual shooting, the athletes that stood up for them, and political leaders that spoke on it.
Over the past five centuries, black people have endured violence in many different ways. Today, police officers use deadly, excessive force that leads to inexcusable assaults, beatings and shootings. This demonstrates the governmentТs role in initiating and prolonging racial suppression and provides the explanation for police brutality to become a federal crime(Black Radical Congress, 3). In history, racist violence, police brutality, has been used to suppress the racial blacks and to preserve power and privileges for the white race. This was done for five primary purposes. First, it has forced black people into slavery or low wage situations. Secondly, to steal land and other resources. A 3-rd was to maintain social control. A fourth
Recently police have come under fire for the deaths of many unarmed African American males. This has broken the trust between civilians and police and torn our country apart. People are frustrated about the killings of unarmed citizens and how it seems every officer can get away with killing an unarmed suspect. Back in 1994 a law was passed that required the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to record date on police involved shooting and deaths by police officers. Except where are the numbers that would show there is an increase in unarmed African American deaths from police officers?
What is police brutality? Police brutality is an act of misconduct done by a member of law enforcement with an extreme amount of force to physically, mentally, or emotionally attack a member of society.Some may view police brutality as something that doesn’t need any attention, but that shouldn’t be the thought of police brutalty in today society. Law enforcement brutality is becoming more common and is often going unnoticed because the courts have not brought the policemen to justice for the misconduct they have shown to people. Officers are sworn in to protect and serve their community. However, some law enforcement officers have abused their rights and authority. These same decisions made by officers have caused severe, if not fatal, outcomes during confrontations with citizens around the world. According to Smithsonian Mag , in 2016 233 African-Americans were shot and killed by police officers.
A young man’s brutal death at the hands of the police is found justified in a court of law due to his “suspicious” appearance: a black hoodie and his hands in his pocket. An elderly woman is fatally shot in her home for her relation to a suspected criminal. A married man with two toddlers is choked to death after a minor traffic stop by an officer who later claimed that his unarmed victim was wielding a gun. These people all have a few commonalities: the color of their skin, their presumed guilt at first sight, and their ultimate unjustified death administered by the law force. These are not uncommon occurrences. Due to the staggeringly disproportionate rate of African-Americans killed by the police, and the underlying rampant racial profiling, police brutality towards blacks in America must be called to light.
In America, crime is a huge topic. However, many don't realize that race plays a big role in crime as well, or they choose to ignore that fact. It's important to realize the injustices that take place in crime due to race, and how many laws would likely be changed if we were forced to realize that and make every race a priority.
Police brutality is the use of excessive and unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. Police brutality can be present in many ways. The most common form of police brutality is a physical form. Police officers can use nerve gas, batons, pepper spray, and guns in order to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians. Police brutality can also take the form of false arrests, verbal abuse, psychological intimidation, sexual abuse, police corruption, racial profiling, political repression and the improper use of Tasers. Black people are mostly affected by white cops. Cops are given a lot of scope in performing their obligations. Since they are relied upon to ensure general society and stand up to possibly rough people, they can lawfully utilize physical, and even fatal, power in specific situations. Be that as it may, an officer who uses power when it is not called for, or who utilizes more constraints than is important to perform his or her occupation, may go too far into police ruthlessness. Police brutality should be controlled and stopped because its getting out of hand and is killing our African American youth.
Isn’t our police force supposed to serve and protect us? To me it seems as though a lot of them have been taking advantage of their power and taking advantage of American citizens. For whatever reason our police seem to be doing things backwards from every other police system in the world. For example our cops do not stand out to the public where as in Europe and Asia’s police are bright yellow with checkered patterns, in order to allow the public to easily notice them and have the ability to call out to them for help when they’re needed. However our police likes to stay hidden and undercover from its citizen, and for what reason? Why are they hiding from us, they sneak around to try and get us in trouble for things that aren’t even a problem in most cases, like minor speeding tickets. They do this to meet their quotas. But that’s not where it stops. Police brutality is not something that’s suddenly uprising; it’s been around for a very long time. however recently it has been brought to headliners and gained the attention of hundreds of Americans due to the more drastic story’s that have been happening lately. Unfortunately a lot of these stories center around racism that still exists these days and not all cases of police brutality are caused from racism, but a majority of them are and there’s no denying that.
Some horrific cases have happened throughout the years. Brining these cases to the public’s attention will help show how much of a problem police brutality really is. Police brutality is the use of force that is exceeding the necessary amount of force (“Police Brutality,” n.d.). In 2011, a 37 year old mentally ill homeless man was laying on the ground when police were kicking and punching him eventually leading to his death (Akkoc, 2018). In 2014, Eric Garner an African American male was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes when he was wrestled to the ground by a New York police officer who had him in a banned chokehold technique (Akkoc, 2018). Eric Garner told him, “I can’t breathe (Akkoc, 2018, Sec. 5)” multiple times, but the officer
What is your stance regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem? I feel it is disrespectful, and believe players could get their message across in a different and more honorary way. They have a right to express their opinions on racial injustice and police brutality, however police brutality is a topic that is currently being discussed and people should form their own opinions about it. I believe the NFL players have achieved their goal of sparking the conversation. But they need to learn that once the conversation has started they can end their kneeling and let people talk about the topic. While it may have been a way to quickly shine light on the issue I still believe the players should not disrespect the flag and country (regardless
Police brutality is the use of excessive force when dealing with civilians. Police abuse is one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States. It has been around for decades, which leads us to the thought “Are they keeping us safe from danger or are they the danger?” There are many cases of police using excessive force. Unjustified shootings, severe beatings, tasings, and rough treatment have all contributed to the problem of police brutality in America. According to “MINTpress News”, seven hundred and seventy-six people were killed by the police in 2015. One hundred and sixty-one of the people were unarmed at the time of their death. The leading causes of police brutality are minorities being unfairly targeted, excessive force, police being increasingly militarized, and many departments not providing adequate training in nonviolent solutions.
Many people, to include various bureaucrats and citizens, have voiced great concerns about the contemporary issue of police brutality. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Associations of Police Organizations (NAPO), and Police Officer Legal Defense, the Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as various District Attorneys and judges, and all have advocated similar but different approaches to police reforms. Some of the proposals in the effort to decrease police brutality and excessive force have been to utilize body cameras for accountability and to improve oversight, transparency with citizen review boards, and ways for police officers to interact
The reason Americans feel this way is because they do not think the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court are serving the needs of the people. The reason why is that people fear their own government they do not feel safe. With all the police brutality going on Americans feel like the people who are there to serve and protect are there just to attack them. They cannot afford healthcare because the bills are so high and the ones who have social security, Medicaid, and Medicare are costing the government billions of dollars. The biggest concern among Americans is that the three branches of
Police brutality has been part of the United States’ history for many years but was formally recognized in the late 1830’s. Though mainly the victims of police brutality were European immigrants, Blacks tasted the wrath more significantly during the Civil Rights era. Some of the treatment towards the Black community by law enforcements had been and are still being justified by citizens and police departments that refuse to hold their fellow officers accountable for their actions. Even the encyclopedia defines police brutality to be a “necessary force to accomplish lawful police purposes.” In many cases, police brutality is not deemed as necessary. Cases such as Rodney King and Eric Garner, two black men, who died in the hands of police officers are prime example of unnecessary force. Using the words brutality and necessary in the same space is an oxymoron. News outlet come out with new coverages that are no longer shocking about the wrongful killing of an unarmed Black man. Stories such as these are part of the normal that surrounds the United States. With new cases of unarmed Black people being killed by the people that are meant to serve and protect, the Black community believes that the criminal justice system has a secret agenda when it comes to Black people. The Black community have concluded since barely any of the police officers have been punished lawfully for what they’ve done to the innocent Black men, that the U.S. in all but particularly the criminal