African American Police Violence

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Police violence on African American males in the U.S. has only seemed to have increased in the past years in this country and researchers wanted to see the type of impact it has had in these African American communities. The study mainly focused on the beating of Frank Jude in the Milwaukee area but also analyzed the impact of three other beatings and how phone calls to 911 were affected. If calls to 911 are suppressed because of these shootings in these communities then it is putting the entire public in danger. Throughout this paper I will being going over many different subjects such as how the experiment was set up, the effects on phone calls after the Frank Jude beating, and also the effect on phone calls in the other three cases as…show more content…
It is the spirit of legal cynicism and this idea developed by Kirk, Papachristos, and Desmond that led to the set up of this experiment in the Milwaukee neighborhoods. They wanted to create something different from the norm, which was that they would’ve conducted interviews and surveys on the affect of police violence, and phone calls. But they came to the conclusion that those methods would simply not be able to portray the attitude of an entire population, more so just portraying the attitudes of multiple individuals and drawing conclusions from that. So as they were developing this experiment they needed to gather…show more content…
Police got a call of a possible fight breaking out on the platform of the Fruitvale Station by a crowded train coming from San Francisco. As police started to arrive to the scene two officers had already reprimanded him with his arms behind his back. He was motionless and then one of the officers by the name of Johannes Mehserle who was a 26-year-old white male pulled his pistol from his waist and shot Grant in the lung, which lead to his death later that night (Kirk, Papachristos, Desmond: 864, Additional Cases). The researchers chose this case and the case of Sean Bell because they wanted to see if non-local shootings affected the crime reporting in Milwaukee as well. What was interesting is that in the case of Sean Bell the amount of calls went down like the other three cases. However, in Grant’s case according to their studies and models calls actually increased in weeks post story (Kirk, Papachristos, Desmond: 870, Danyell Simpson, Sean Bell, and Oscar Grant). This leads me to wonder why in this case did calls increase but in other cases did not? Was there a change in the neighborhoods themselves like the research suggested, or have over time African Americans just become accustom to these stories and don’t care to change anything

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