Police Brutality Reflection Paper

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I have been in interested in the topic of police brutality and the language used to describe the victim, mainly African American men, for as long as I can remember. However, the first tangible memory I have of being curious about this is in high school, when I was able to write a bill about one thing I was passionate about and how I would change the system for an assignment. I wrote about police brutality and how to make the police department more accountable for their actions, create diversity in the police department, place restrictions and allow federal capacity for civil investigations, and to provide sensitivity and ethics training. My research over the year ultimately led me to a conversation with Congressman Cedric Richmond my junior year. I asked him about police brutality and his response compelled me to never stop thinking about police brutality until the system was changed. Richmond told me that as a father of a son, one day that he would have the “talk” with him about how to handle the police and escape unharmed from people that have the ability to end your life without any actual repercussions. As a black woman, I had that same talk from my mother the second that I was old enough to drive. I remember her telling me it is inevitable for me to get pulled over by the police, because being black and driving is enough reasonable suspicion for a police officer. Also, in the conversation, she told my twin sister and I always to reply with “sir” or “ma’am,” not to make
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