Police Brutality on Minorities

1643 Words Nov 12th, 2010 7 Pages
Minority Police Brutality in Major Cities of the United States

Since the first state-sponsored police forces in the U.S. racial discrimination in police forces has been a characteristic of the American landscape. Racial profiling and police brutality have their roots in enforcement of slave codes, black codes, and Jim Crow Segregation laws. We Charge Genocide, a petition submitted to the UN by the Civil Rights Congress in 1951, documented thousands of incidents of police violence against African Americans alone. Police brutality against Native Americans has also been a regular of colonial culture in the U.S. as well. Official studies have consistently found that people and communities of color are disproportionately subjected to human
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Most of the officers have never been sanctioned in any manner whatsoever. While Burge was ultimately fired from the Police Department, he continues to live free and receive a police pension. No other officer involved was terminated, and many were promoted and allowed to retire with full pensions. Another example of the use of torture against African Americans by law enforcement officers involves the case of the San Francisco 8. In 1973, John Bowman, Harold Taylor, and Ruben Scott were tortured by the New Orleans Police Department, with the assistance of two San Francisco detectives, Frank McCoy and Edward Erdelatz. The torture, which lasted for several days, included "striping the men, blindfolding them, beating them and covering them in blankets soaked in boiling water. The detectives also used electric prods on their genitals.” As a result of the torture, the men confessed and signed pre-written statements. They were then charged with various crimes, including the death of the 1971 death of Sergeant John Young, a San Francisco Police officer. In 1974, a federal court ruled that the statements of the three men were inadmissible because they were obtained through torture.32 Subsequently; a California court dismissed the charges against Bowman, Taylor, and Scott. The perpetrators of this torture have never been brought to justice. The two former San Francisco detectives now serve as agents with
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