According to the article “Is Racial Or Religious Profiling Ever Justified?”it states “ When officials use profiling, they are indirectly blaming entire communities because a few among them have committed horrible crimes”(Abbas 1). The quotation is illustrating how stereotypes is part of racial profiling because if few people were to do crimes that were illegal, many would think all people are the same. Police departments would think that all people are alike based on the increasing of violence and would blame communities. In addition, In the article “stanford researchers develop new statistical test that shows racial profiling in police traffic stops” it states, “Specifically, the study found that police decided to search black drivers based on a 7 percent certainty that they might be hiding something illegal. If an African American driver looks nervous, for example, police might interpret the nervousness as a sign of possible guilt and insist on a search” ( Andrews 1).
In today’s society, many of our complications haven risen about cops killing innocent residents, mostly black people. There are less programs on TV that doesn’t discuss the focus of daily African American life. People assume that more of us go to jail because of crime rather than going to college to earn a degree. Yet, is TV too white? My debate is unanswered.
This theory suggests that when a person is being watched, crime reduces, honesty is encouraged, and work productivity is increased. For officers, body cameras are used to encourage officers to follow department policies and deter the officers from engaging in misconduct, unethical behavior, and in instances of unjustified use of force. For civilians, being recorded during a police contact can prevent them from engaging in violent acts towards other civilians or police officers. Altogether, body cameras can be used to prevent cases of police misconduct, to deescalate situations, and be used as evidence in criminal investigations (David Yokum,
People do not believe the police anymore. In an article By: Jay Stanley for the American Liberties Union says “white officers kill more black people than white.” So they immediately think it is about racism. In my opinion it really it shows that more black people do bad things than white people. People still do not believe that. The other bad thing is the media, because they can over exaggerate things about police officers.
Another alternative to decrease police misconduct is through the use of body cameras which would hold officers accountable for their actions. Often, commanding officers exercise little supervision over the daily activities of their officers. Not only do officers patrol alone, but they are authorized to quickly create solutions and sanctions on the spot. This provides officers the freedom to get away with both minor and major violations to outright crimes. A tactic to prevent this from occurring is to mount body cameras on officers while on duty.
Based on most local and national news stations, minorities are targeted for small crime offenses while majorities are literally blowing up the country. It is understood that the police could more effectively fight crime by targeting minor offenses (Hinkle 1). Those minor offenses are more likely done by minorities but more specifically Black Males. Raja Staggers-Hakim’s article argues the needs of Black male youth, relative to police killings, are captured, and persistent racial stereotypes that are often used to justify the extra judicial killings of unarmed African American boys and young men are challenged. His argument understands the social epidemic of police killings on the emotional and psychological well-being of Black males to put an end to police killings.
This however isn’t true at all. The race that people think is mainly targeted is the African-American race. Statistics show another story to this myth. The Washington Post has conducted a series of research to track police fatal shootings. The Washington Post has said, “As of Sunday, 1502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers since Jan.1.2015.
People think that the cops are not racist but the stats are that the blacks commit more crimes. They are not wrong because it is a proven fact. Mac Donald interviewed several African American police officers who believe that the police are not racist. According to her, the police target blacks more than whites because more blacks commit crimes. The black officers said “that charges of racism undermine the good work of police departments across the nation.” This proves that becasue of some police officers using bad insticts at time that all cops get the bad rep of police
People may think this helps the police when it comes down to solving a crime, yet it fenders them tremendously. Majority of the time a race is singled out depending on the crime that was committed, while the police are looking for a specific race this gives the suspect time to get away, or even blend in with the crowd and act as if they are victims or bystanders. Clegg mentions “Some would argue that racial profiling is perfectly rational and ought therefore to be unobjectionable. The argument is that a disproportionate amount of street crime is committed by people who are young, and male, and black, and if you are all three then it makes perfect sense for the police to keep an especially keen eye on you, and pull you over more often, question you more carefully, and press you more aggressively to allow a search of your car. That is, it makes perfect sense if all the police are trying to do is maximize in the short term the number of their successful searches and arrests.” For example, if a shooting breaks out everyone will automatically think it is somebody of the arabic descendent not someone who’s white or black.
The majority of viewers for a lot of media outlets are not well aware of the facts in regards to criminal activity by race. "Whites misjudge how much crime is committed by African Americans and Latinos, because of the way they are portrayed on the news.” (Sentencing Project). By providing the public with this information in regards to racial minorities being at the heart of many crimes throughout the country, media networks create a norm for information especially due to the fact that the majority of their viewers are not familiar with the
This problem affects everyone including non citizens of the United States they are even at a higher risk of being discriminated by police officers. Some police officers have racial hatred against religion and ethnicity of people. Author Leonard Pitts Jr describes how specifically African Americans are the main target of police brutality. “Of course, the disparity in how people are treated by the police is based on their race. It is shameful, It is deadly.” These people will suffer from this if this isn’t resolved.
Five police officers ambushed by a sniper and two black men shot by police during a supposedly peaceful protest. This protest quickly got out of hand because of the violence and threatening protest. Killing police for the rights of the black community was or should have never been a part of the plan. Now that police officers have been killed, this gives the police a greater reason and law enforcement to fear us and another reason for us to take caution. According to USA Today, Dallas Police Chief David Brown had a simple, prayerful message: “All I know is this must stop ... this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.” One must agree for us to work as a nation, law enforcement and the people they are protecting must come to a total
Thinking back to the Civil Rights movement that went on for fifteen years this tragic event can be compared to that. Mike Brown is the modern day Emmitt till, the six little girls burned in the church, and Trayvon Martin combined into one. The events that happened soon after arguably changed the lives of Ferguson citizens forever. Ferguson citizens was justified in their response due to the death of Mike Brown, police brutality, and the results of the indictment. The main cause of the riots that took place in Ferguson is the fact that Mike Brown was brutally gunned down by a white police office while he was unarmed and hands up.
Johannes Mehserle a 28 year old white 2 year Bart officer from the South Bay area. During his duty he made a dreadful mistake of killing Oscar Grant on New Years Day in 2009. Oscar Grant a 22 year old African American and father to a 4 year old daughter at the time of his death. Mehserle and Grant crossed paths that night changing both of their lives. To Many cases have been seen on the news channels, newspaper, and social media where an officer has responded to a disturbance that ends in the death of an unarmed black man.
From what I’ve researched 31.9% of African-Americans were shot and killed while unarmed. People that think just because they a badge and a uniform saying “Police”, they can do whatever they want. There are a lot of other good Officers though, in fact I know some. But they don’t think they’re above the law. It can be used with racial profiling.