The Causes And Effects Of Police Brutality In America

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Ever since the first slave was brought to the American colonies in 1619, African Americans have always been mistreated and abused. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of police is to supervise the operation, execution, or administration of to prevent or detect and prosecute violations of rules and regulations. Thus, the first real form of police during slavery was slave catchers. Slaves were constantly beaten, lynched, whipped etc. , but you would think after slavery was abolished in 1863 and 100 plus years later things would change. The mindset that blacks are inhumane and are savages are still ingrained in society today. A study done by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement found that in the first three months of 2012, 30 black people were killed by police at traffic stops. Of the 30 people killed 12 were innocent, 8 were emotionally disturbed, and the remaining 10 did not have much information regarding their death (Savali). The racial discrimination, violence, and history are the topics we need to focus on in order to make a change. It is not fair that police can use brute force to protect and serve the people of our country. Police are suppose to be here to protect and serve the people of our country, however, in some cases police abuse their power and force become police brutality. In today’s society, police brutality has stemmed from the history of policing and as a result racial discrimination and violence is a constant issue that needs to be addressed by
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