The local police departments began to escalate the rate of their violent attacks against the Panthers. On March 4, 1968, the FBI physically attacked a group of Panthers, but the Black Panthers persisted in their open resistance to the government even with the ongoing police repression. The Panthers acknowledged that there was strength in unity, and the white government anticipated that a black nationalist organization might formulate an organized public demonstration expressing objection to a corrupt system. The police had malicious intent to disturb and suppress the activities of any members and supporters of colored activists hate-type group; the Oakland police even took aggressive action against white people who assisted the party with their protests. African Americans were payed handsomely by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to spy on the Black Panthers and gain knowledge of future Black Panther actions.
Tupac’s poems were in response to police brutality and injustice. Causes of the LA Riots: Was sparked due to the unequal treatment of unarmed African Americans by LA police. There was a video released of 4 LA police officers beating an unarmed African-American motorist and the police officers were then acquitted. On March 3, 1991 Rodney King was brutally beaten by police officers for resisting arrests. Injuries: was beaten over 50 times with police bats, which resulted in 11 fractures and other injuries.
The first step is for a better State and Federal Representation in the Government. The United States prison population changed after President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in the 1970’s. The United States prisons around the whole country are overcrowded due to the War on Drugs and the 3x law. Many prisoners have been arrested for drug
Minorities and the Criminal Justice System While in recent years police brutality has received the majority of media attention, there is a far more deadly poison running through the veins of our nation’s criminal justice system. This poison is the full discriminatory power minorities fall victim to in every stage of their prosecution. This poison has led to the mass incarceration of minorities and the creation of a well-disguised form of racial control. Today, over 2 million minorities are under the control of the prison system and as such will forever be tainted by their most outstanding label, criminal (Alexander). When these American citizens are denied the basic human right of a fair and unbiased trial their lives are forever changed:
isn’t the only thing people believe needs to change; the reasons for arrests have been criticized by many. America incarcerates more citizens for drug related crimes than any other place in the world. Of the roughly 200,000 in federal prison, 52% are being held for drug crimes and only 8% are for violent crimes, such as: murder, assault, and robbery (Waldman, 2013). Many believe that the “War on Drugs” must become less aggressive because of its large contribution to the prison population. The distribution of prisoners by race has also raised concern among Americans.
Astha Sahoo Legal Brief Case: Glossip vs. Gross Case #:14-795 Facts of the Case On April 29th, 2014, Clayton Lockett was put to death by Oklahoma with a three drug lethal injection process. The procedure took 40 minutes, which was more than normal. After this event, the state of Oklahoma suspended all executions till a new formula was invented that drugged a person immediately. Charles Warner and 20 other death row inmates were enraged at Oklahoma for causing so much pain to Lockett and decided to sue various officials of the state of Oklahoma.
Etheridge Knight “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane” is about a man who stands against the workers of the jail. Hard Rock also represents how people struggle with police authority. The prisoner felt like Hard Rock saved them from a lot while in prison. The line “He had been our Destroyer, the doer of things” (504) talks about how Hard Rock destroyed the people for the prisoners. Hard Rock does things that the other prisoners would not imagine doing because of his reputation o f being violent.
Sacco and Vanzetti were both arrested in May 1920, and both were charged with shooting and killing two guards in a robbery. 107 people saw Sacco and Vanzetti elsewhere when the crime was committed, but 61 people claimed that they saw them at the robbery. However, Judge Thayer was very biased against anarchists and radicals, so regardless of what eyewitnesses say he found them both guilty. People then claimed that these convictions were only based their political views and ethnicity, and there was little evidence that was against these individuals. Despite these claims, the men were executed by electric chair on August 23, 1927.
When Ronald Reagan and George Bush first declared a War on Drugs in America, they opened a bunch of chaos, crime, social injustice, and a lot of heartache in the black community. The Drug War policies and laws that was implemented, violates human rights, and force police officers to aggressively pursue nonviolent criminals. This system was perfectly designed to gain social control rather than relieve neighborhoods from drugs, which have a lot of citizens questioning was this a major success or failure. Since the war on drugs have been declared, Americans have experienced nothing but an elevated level of mass incarceration, while drugs and violence have reached an all-time high in our communities. The prisons in America are leading the world