All throughout American history we have seen undeniable blatant racism. Racism was very widespread and accepted as a society. In the south Jim Crow Laws were set in place to keep everything “separate but equal”, though that wasn’t the case and African Americans were still discriminated and always given the shorter end of the stick. During the Civil Rights Era, many African- Americans came together in peaceful protests in the hopes of earning equal rights like white Americans had. Unfortunately things sometimes got out of hand, some people wanted to take more drastic measures, causing unwanted violence. These protests resulted in many African Americans being arrested and sent to jail. Often police brutality was a factor, many were beaten, punched, and kicked. There were a lot that were violent and biased in the past resulting in the deaths of many African-Americans and repeated documented injustice. Not all were like this many saw the prejudice and were doing their best to use their power for good. Despite of the past, huge advances have been made culturally over the last few decades. As a society we’ve come to accept very progressive views that don’t tolerate any of that anymore; racism is very looked down upon and not a “norm” anymore. There’s only so much time a country can be stuck in the ways of the past. Police bias and brutality was very existent and prevalent throughout history against minorities, but it is not an issue anymore today. The common narrative in the
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Police brutality has been a major issue since slavery. In slavery people, mainly whites, were able to do anything to black people without having to deal without dealing with the consequences. Families were destroyed, people died, babies were killed, and many unknown factors still to this day that will never be known. When slavery was abolished, it did not end right away. It took several years and still is not abolished if you look at in a political way. People of power, mainly white, were not happy that a black person could be seen as equals. This is the main reason why they feel it is okay to lash out at black people. There are several major issues that are causing and epidemic in The United States. However, the main issue that seems to be the most discussed is about police brutality in the black community. “Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. “Excessive use of force” means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation. Police brutality can be present in a number of ways. The most obvious 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”
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?
Racial profiling isn’t something new to today’s society. Most recently there were incidents in which the officers were accused of mistreating blacks such as Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. “Racism versus professionalism: claims and counter-claims about racial profiling” written by Vic Satzewich and William Shaffir discusses racism versus professionalism with officers. Their argument is more biased towards the police force and they argue that it’s part of their job. “
African American groups, such as Black Lives Matter, have created a false narrative that African Americans in our society are victimized by law enforcement. The media has presented police officers to be murderers, and have created trends and discussions that encourage Americans to turn their backs on the ones that protect them. Police Brutality has become an ongoing conversation as black citizens experience law enforcement related deaths. Although society is blaming the killings of African Americans on white cops specifically, they fail to realize that black and hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at African Americans than white officers. This is according to a Department of Justice report in 2015 about the Philadelphia
In the past few years a consistent stream of videos have been surfacing on social media displaying profound amounts of police brutality, specifically towards African Americans, here in the United States. This current situation of police brutality towards African Americans in this country is not something new, it has been occurring for decades. However, with the advancement of technology and social media it has now been able to be brought to the forefront of the American people. Causing some unrest among civiliansan eruption of protests throughout the country. Even causing quite a few celebrities to join the movement and speak out as well. Of those celebrities, Kendrick Lamar, a hip hop artists from
Police work is dangerous. Sometimes police put in situations that excessive force is needed. But, because some officers use these extreme measures in situations when it is not, police brutality occurs. I believe Police brutality needs to be addressed, because it affects every one of us within our society. How can we trust the Police officers who sworn to “serve the public” when they use such excessive force that results in homicide?
Although it may not seem to have a lot of crimes in the public eye, the city of Saint Paul has suffered many cases of black on black violence as well as police brutality. Growing up, as a younger child, I have witnessed my own brothers an older cousins become dependent on the streets. I grew up learning my basic skill as well as learning to never answer the policeman if he asks me if my brothers are in my home. Growing up, reaching the 7th grade I saw the same young boys whom I had 5th grade classes with become dependent on the same streets my brother and cousins were now too far deep into. By the time I graduated high school the same male friends that I had since elementary were either labeled an associate/member of a local gang, in jail,
the principles of democracy, the respect of the equality of all people is one of its pillars. But there is an issue here, the definition of equality is not met in America. Anyone who watches the news must know by now, what is this “talk” African-American parents have with their kids. Police brutality has prompted African-American parents to take action and warn their children at a young age of the hardships they may experience as they grow up. Police brutality, towards black people mostly, is an example of the lack of equality that all people by law should receive. According to statistics, provided by The U.S. Census Bureau, of the more than
Law enforcement officials are claiming military-grade equipment and vehicles are necessary in order for police to fight the “war on drugs.” Advocates of the police are even saying ‘they need the weapons to fight major threats, such as terrorism.’ First of all, the definition of terrorism is “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” That being said, the first thing wrong with the officials reasoning for needing new vehicles is the fact that since the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, at least 1,083 Americans were killed by police officers. This high number more than likely isn’t including all the people who died by the hands of police brutality, but no witnesses were around and no cameras were recording
In recent years, police actions, particularly police abuse, has come into view of a wide, public and critical eye. While citizens worry about protecting themselves from criminals, it has now been shown that they must also keep a watchful eye on those who are supposed to protect and serve. This paper will discuss the types of police abuse prevalent today, including the use of firearms and receipt of private information. I will also discuss what and how citizens' rights are taken advantage of by police. For these problems, solutions will be discussed, focusing on political reform, education, and citizen review boards.
Society is quick to believe that racism is over, especially racism towards African-Americans. The idea of racism being present in this day and age is constantly swatted away with, “Our president is black!” Who are they to say how we, as African-Americans, feel? If someone, or a group of people, feels and states that you have hurt them, then you are not allowed to say that you didn’t. Rather than empathizing, society tends to blame the oppressed for being so sensitive, or to work harder. No one should have to do anything just to reserve a right to be treated with equal respect. The lack of respect for the basic rights of a human being has seeped into the police departments across the United States. Police officers throughout the country have
Police misconduct is a problem in America that needs to be dealt with. Many police officers are quite often involved in police brutality in America. Several examples of police brutalities of the excessive force is the use of pepper spray, nerve gas, batons, physical, verbal, psychological and intimidation of victims. Sometimes with officers, there are excessive force, shootings, raping, and theft of countless victims.
Racism has been around for ages. Racism can be defined as an individual believing that a certain race is better than others. The white race has always been seen as the superior race. Whites have had more privileges and opportunities than people of color. The United States, which is known as a diverse country, racism is common. Having a history of slavery, a history of different protest from people of color, the United States is aware that racism exist and it’s grown to accept it. Racism is seen in schools, government organizations, laws, and law enforcement. People of color are aware of racism and might see it as a norm. However, there some time where people of color can take it anymore and decided to do something to stop the racism. The existence of racism within the field of police enforcement has always been a problem for African Americans and the people of color. Events, such as the Rodney King case and other cases similar cases has shown just how law enforcement deals with the issue of race. These events also show that the individuals who commit these crimes go unpunished.