In February 2012, a 28-year-old man followed a 17-year-old youth and killed him on a residential street. The youth hadn’t done anything; he did not commit a crime, and he hadn’t provoked the older man. He was shot simply because he seemed “suspicious.” This was the story of Trayvon Martin’s death in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman (Cooper). Zimmerman, the killer, is a white man while Trayvon was an innocent black youth. While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States. Racial discrimination affects the way Americans think about race violence and relations, and should be eradicated as soon as possible.
The death toll among these police brutality victims is extremely alarming. Every year police in the United States kill hundreds of people—461 in 2013, according to incomplete FBI statistics based on self-reporting from local law enforcement agencies, and more than 1,000 in 2014 according to Champion, which combs through media reports. The fatal shooting in August of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in an interaction that began over jaywalking propelled the issue of police violence and excessive force into the national news cycle. The police response to subsequent protests similarly propelled the issue of militarized police into the national news cycle (Champion,
“The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of
Having accurate representation matters. Unfortunately, that is a concept that the media industry has not quite grasped. The portrayal of African Americans in the media, whether it be plays, television, news, movies, or social media has always been negative since the birth of slavery in the United States of America. Playing on the negative stereotypes of African Americans, white Americans have gone on to believe their false impressions of Africans Americans and this has hindered African Americans from gaining social change and respectability. False representation has connections to the Jim Crow Laws, the current statehood of African Americans and recent crimes involving African Americans. An effective solution has yet to be established despite efforts being made.
Addressing police brutality must be done with empathy for and awareness of the plight of the African-American community. Historically speaking, there has not been a period wherein the African-American community was not inhibited by institutionalized barriers. American enslavement provided the foundation for later oppressive provisions that are especially prevalent within inner-city, predominantly Black communities, which, incidentally, many of the prominent instances of police brutality have taken place. Political regimes like the “war on drugs,” “school to prison pipeline,” and mass incarceration criminalize and dehumanize the African-American community, and thus affect the collective mindset of the population. I believe that an imperative first step that has not been taken is acknowledging the effects these may have on the Black community. In order to move forward, the African-American community must heal. As an activist and aspiring social worker, I
Treyvon Martin was a teenager who was unarmed, shot, and killed in Sanford, Florida. The incident happened on February 26, 2012. The officer who shot Martin followed Martin around outside when he then confronted Martin. They seemed to have some kind of argument, and then officer Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest. Zimmerman was questioned about his confrontation, where he pleaded self-defense. Zimmerman currently has no charges and is living a normal life. Martin’s friends and family then ask for recordings to be released to help find further evidence. The police do not release them. The case then goes to the state attorney after the police are finished with it. After the case goes to the state attorney, the police release the 911 recordings
Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American boy who was murdered while visiting relatives in money, Mississippi. In money, mississippi, he went into a store and was said to have whistled at a the store clerk (1). In source one, it said that he liked to play pranks and he was dared to ask the white cashier ,Carolyn Bryant, for a date. A few days later, Carolyn 's husband and brother in law went to Emmett’s uncle’s house, wear he was staying (1). In the middle of the night he was forced to carry a cotton gin fan to the Tallahatchie river, then he was beaten, got his eye gouged out, shot in the head, and thrown in the river, tied to the cotton gin fan. In the trial the two men who beat emmett were cleared of all charges. Emmett Till was beaten
The tragedy of Trayvon Martin happened February 26, 2012, in Stanford, Florida. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Martin’s death led to a dispute between the state of Florida and George Zimmerman. Prosecutors in this case accused Zimmerman of racially profiling Martin. The defense took the position that George Zimmerman was using self-defense to protect himself from harm’s way. Even though the death of Trayvon Martin has become a well-known tragedy throughout the states, there have been some positive outcomes. The controversy of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case revolved around Zimmerman's alleged act of racism and his claim of self-defense.
Racial profiling by law enforcement is an overwhelmingly useless and prevalent expression of hate and ignorance to this day. Internationally, a wide variation of races are unrightfully discriminated against by the enforcements who are supposedly there to protect them. Jim Crow policing is an issue that undoubtedly continues, no matter the amount of riots or unjustly arrested/ murdered civilians. Cases like Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown, as well as Bob Herbert 's article Jim Crow Policing published in the New York Times, February 2nd 2010, explain first hand accounts and statistics to give examples of the fact that racial profiling from the police force consistently takes place.
February 26th, 2012, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer while walking home from a convenience store. In a 911 call, Zimmerman stated Martin was just walking around and up to no good. The dispatcher advised Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon and wait for a police officer to arrive. George Zimmerman proceeded to shoot Trayvon Martin, killing him. Based on physical evidence and the testimony provided by Zimmerman it was viewed that he acted in “self-defense”. He was claimed to have used justifiable use of force though he was told not to follow Trayvon, and he was not suppose to have gun being the community watchman. Due to the conditions that triggered the shooting this induced major media
Stories of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin were seen and heard on nearly every news outlet and radio station beginning in February of 2012. On the night of February 26th, 2012 Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager was walking home from a 7/11 convenience store carrying a small bag containing an Arizona iced tea beverage and a bag of skittles. On his way home, Martin was gunned downed in the streets of a gated community in the state of Florida by 28-year-old white resident George Zimmerman. While Martin was unarmed and had no criminal intent in mind, Zimmerman claimed to fear for his safety. This led to Zimmerman shooting Martin several times, which Martin shortly after died from. George Zimmerman was later found not guilty
An most common legal court case that has encouraged my decision to pursue a career in law was the Trayvon Martin v.s. George Zimmerman case. This case was about an 17-year-old African American young male adult was shot by George Zimmerman in "self defense". This happened on February 26th, 2012 at night when Trayvon was walking home and Zimmerman called the cops saying it looked like he was up to no good. To sum it up, Trayvon was fatally shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida. This case was basically related in the racism category due to profiling and stereotypes.
The murder of a young boy from the Southside of Chicago shocked the nation almost sixty years ago. Racist Jim Crow laws had led to him being lynched for a simple whistle. More recently, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman for reasons that are hard to comprehend. Trayvon Martin is the not new Emmett Till due to the differences of the two cases and their outcomes.
Police brutality remains a common yet controversial topic around the world. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (thelawdictionary.org). It’s a topic that segregates communities and makes each other their enemy. Specifically, a white officer has been the enemy of the black community. Unfortunately, the tension between police and blacks grew over the past few decades. As a result, there is a drastic increase of violent outburst between both sides. For the last years, it was reported that 51.5 percent of black were killed by police officers (ibtimes.com). On the other hand, there have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement and it resulted in 14,453 injuries in 2015 alone (nleomf.org). In the United States, recently, police brutality has been a popular subject all over the news and social media.