A popular story that has recently been in the news is the fatal shooting of 12-year old, African American Tamir Rice. In 2014, Cleveland police got a call that an African American male was at a nearby park waving something around that looked like a gun. The caller reported to the dispatcher that it could be a kid. When relaying the information over to police, the dispatcher failed to mention that the suspect was possibly a kid. When police arrived at the scene they ended up killing the little boy almost immediately after encountering him. What the police assumed was a real gun, happened to be a pretend gun. The shooting of Tamir sent the country and African American community into complete outrage. African Americans were upset because countless innocent people continue to get killed by police officers. Fast forward to today, the city of Cleveland has granted the family of Tamir a settlement for six million dollars (htt). This is said to be the largest settlement in police related lawsuit history, although the city does not admit to any wrongdoing …show more content…
African Americans in particular are victims of automatic prejudice the most. I think this was the case in Tamir’s case. As the text states, automatic, implicit prejudice can have life or death consequences in some situations (Myers, 2015, p. 249). In Payne’s study, a gun was quickly recognized and tools were mistaken for guns when associated with African American faces (Myers, 2015, p. 249). A number of things may have caused the behavior of the responding officers. Automatic attitudes are believed to be impulsive and uncontrolled reactions to target ethnic and racial groups (Judd, Blair, & Chapleau, 2004). In order police officers need to detect the presence of a weapon and not just the presence of a negative stimulus to determine whether their lives are in danger (Judd, Blair, & Chapleau,
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Also, there was the John Crawford accident in 2014 who was on the phone with his mother of his kids when he was shot and killed by police for being suspected as a dangerous shooter. These incidents have led to very damaging riots like the one in Ferguson, Missouri because Michael Brown was shot and killed after bullying a store clerk. A much more recent episode of rioting took place in Baltimore, Maryland after the death of Freddie Gray who was manhandled and not given medical assistance after being brutalized. During one account where an officer attacked a black man, the department stated that it had nothing to do with race but the man feels differently. Across the nation and all over social media many have given their opinions about these issues with the majority saying that the government really needs to step in and help the situation.
My results from the race implicit association test (IAT) suggested that I have moderate automatic preference for white people over black people. This came as a surprise to me. Given that I have always considered myself a strong liberal and have consistently placed equality as a top priority, the test definitely changed my perspective on how people think automatically. Compared to other people 's results, they most likely had the same realization I had. Many explicit attitudes did not correlate to the study of implicit attitudes.
In the past few days another unarmed black male was shot and killed by a white officer. His name was Terrance Crutcher. Betty Shelby, the white officer identified by police as the one who shot Crutcher, was not the only officer to draw a weapon on him. With three officers standing in a line behind Terence Crutcher and at least one more officer standing several feet behind them, the video shows, his body falls to the pavement. The officer 's attorney says she was afraid Crutcher was reaching for a weapon when she opened fire.
October 2nd, 2002 was the start of a long and horrific three weeks in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. People were terrified to be in the area and everyone was on edge. What appeared to be random killings, turned out to be a well-organized series of senseless shootings that took the lives of ten innocent people. After days of people being scared to death and much confusion, investigators discovered that there were two suspects in the shootings; John Allen Muhammad and his teenage partner Lee Boyd Malvo and they were in a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan designed to terrorize people. This break in the case came when one of the suspects called the tip hotline and told them to look into a murder in Alabama, which lead to the case being
For example, in December of 2014, twelve-years-old Tamir Rice (Black skinned) was playing with a toy gun in his neighborhood when a police patrol car came and shot the kid without reasoning with him first. This was a very shocking case, as seen in video surveillance the cop shot the kid within seconds of pulling up on him. This shows the fear that was inside of the cop took over, and he acted on instinct and killed the boy. A statistic was posted on May of 2017 by German Lopez (a writer for Vox) which shows the ratio of races who have been killed by the police per million people, and Blacks and Native Americans are shown to hold the highest death ratios by double the amount of other races. The statistic shows that Black people are heavily discriminated on as the police are shown from time and time to be heavily prejudiced against black people, as they abuse their authority and feel they can get away with acting more aggressive towards them.
A U.S. cop who shot dead 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland on Nov. 22, 2014 said he thought the boy was holding a real gun. On Tuesday, prosecutors released Officer Timothy Loehmann’s signed statement in which he said he told the boy to show his hands and the latter instead pulled out a gun. The U.S. cop and his partner Frank Garmback are facing possible charges for the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice in November 2014, according to Reuters. Loehmann and Garmback were responding to a 911 call about a man wielding a gun in a park beside a recreation center.
All across America, an epidemic of law enforcement perverting their power over the people has broken out. Statistics show that, every eight hours, someone’s life is taken away by the very people who are supposed to protect it. An African-American man is about twice as likely to be executed by an officer as a Caucasian man, whether they pose a threat or not. Jess Colarossi from ThinkProgress.org reported that, “several Delaware police officers wound up fatally shooting the wheelchair-bound man.”
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting prompted protests. When it was announced that Officer Wilson would not be indicted, the announcement set off another wave of protests. Not all police officers are dishonest and abuse their power but It 's obvious that today 's community of people has a suspicion of officers true intentions. The idea of cops and cameras has been around for a while but ever since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown the debate on whether police officers should be required to wear body cameras has been the center of attention.
Many people, mainly people of color, suffer from police brutality. Coates asserts, “And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, a twelve-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect” (9). This shows that although the victim was a child, the police still killed him. 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann killed Tamir Rice because he carried a replica toy gun. Police brutality is still a significant problem in the United States.
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,
One would think prejudice is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case, prejudice is still a common factor in todays society. Vincent N. Parrillo’s essay “Causes of Prejudice,” helped me to understand how we are affected not just psychologically but in a sociological way as well, as John A. Camacho explains in his A Few Bad Apples opinion piece published in the Pacific Daily News. Both forms of prejudice are continued to be explained through Stud Turkel’s “C.P Ellis,” he gives us an understanding of psychological and sociological prejudice through C.P Ellis’own experiences. This furthers our understanding on how we can be affected by both psychological and sociological prejudices.
In 2014 alone, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown were all sensationalized victims of police brutality. The horrors of their stories were all true, and the media clung to their faces. Countless other young men of color also fell victim to police brutality in years prior, and since. These Black men were all unarmed and virtually crimeless. Walter McMillian shares his innocence with these men.
Tamir Rice was a twelve-year-old boy playing in the snow at his local park, making the mistake of waving an air pellet gun at strangers- a mistake that would cost him his life. A bystander made a call to 911, and when the police arrived on the scene, within seconds of exiting the vehicle, Rice was shot. According to an article by the Pittsburgh Tribune, although police have been caught in the act, captured on camera committing a crime, they are not prosecuted 96 percent of the time. November 22, 2014, twelve-year-old, Tamir Rice, was playing and posing with his air pellet gun when a man sitting in the park called 911 to report, “there’s a guy here with a pistol, pointing it at everybody… [The gun] is probably a fake, but you know what,