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,
There are so many topics I believe that Richard Wright would've talked about today that it is hard to narrow down to just three. If someone told him that we would have a black president in the next century we definitely would have looked at you like you were crazy but if he were here today he would be proud of how much better we have come today. We have improved as a country today for equal rights and treatment of black people but we also still have a long way to go for we are not perfect. For example he would be very ashamed how black people are still getting killed just because of their skin color. He would also be disappointed that blacks are still getting paid less statistically less than whites considering how many jobs Richard had growing up.
The law review article I chose was written by a Law Professor regarding police claims on self-defense. The author talks about Zimmerman’s murder trial and how the judge refused to allow prosecution to argue that the neighborhood watch volunteer racially profiled Martin. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for shooting a 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin. The state of Florida filed an affidavit of probable cause stating that Zimmerman profiled and confronted Martin and shot him to death when Martin didn’t commit any crimes. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. The trial judge refused to instruct the jury that aggressors lose their right to self-defense unless they meet certain conditions.
Rodney king, born in Sacramento, California in 1965 and grew up to be known as a polite yet not very intelligent child and teenager. King was a high school dropout and a single father with a history of criminal activity. Rodney King was most famously known for his court battle against L.A.P.D. officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Ted Briseno, and Timothy Wind . On March 3, 1991 two crimes occurred involving King, one of which he was the offender and the other where he was the victim. On this Saturday night at 12:50 am Rodney king was driving his white Hyundai under the influence of alcohol along with his two fiends Freddie Helms and Bryant Allen. When a police officer attempted to pull over King, he chose to flee which resulted in a police
At least 303 lives of African Americans were lost due to police shootings in 2016. Why is this number so high and why is it growing? Many people believe the brutality of police and authorities has grown stronger in the past several years towards those of color, and that it is becoming incorrigible.
The second source summarizes how Sandra Bland's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Waller County Sheriff's Office The family and activists have raised questions over the traffic stop and whether Bland committed suicide. Cooper, 31, a businesswoman, said the family is concerned that authorities have been releasing information selectively, including dashboard camera videos from the police car of another officer who responded after Encinia stopped Bland. The intended audience of this article is the press and the police departments who lack watching over the people who are incarcerated. The family is concerned with the way the authorities have been handling the situation. The authorities are the ones who caused the problem and now
The year was 1955 when fourteen year old Emmett Till was murdered in cold blood by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. Emmett was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Mamie and Louis Till. He was spending the summer in Money, Mississippi with his extended family after relentlessly begging his mother for hours on end, until she finally agreed to the proposition. Mamie warned Emmett to be careful of the way he acted in Mississippi, because she knew how racially segregated it was due to the Jim Crow laws that were passed in the south at the time.
‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ On the 28th of August, in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial declaring to over 250.000 citizens that he had a dream. A dream that one day, all men and women, whether black or white, Jewish or Christian, would be treated as equals. More than fifty years later, King’s dream seems to be nothing more than that: a dream. Just last year, Eric Garner, a black man, is choked to death by the police force in Staten Island, New York. A month later, a young black man is shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In March
Notoriety, a noun, is the state of being well known for something bad. Many infamous trials have taken place over the years and, at first, one may think that notoriety affects such cases. This is not true; although public opinion may convey its decision on one verdict, it is always possible that the opposite will be chosen. Based on the general procedures instituted in a courtroom, the decision will be made according to how the evidence is presented to the judge and/or jury, regardless of how strongly the people may feel. Therefore, criminal court proceedings are not immensely impacted by notoriety.
Ever been accused of manslaughter or been called a racist? Well George Zimmerman has, in the Trayvon Martin case. Many people do believe that George Zimmerman is a racist and a murderer. Opinions and facts are all a big part of this case. Obviously George Zimmerman did kill Trayvon Martin, but he still has pleaded not guilty.
How would you feel if you testify in court to defend yourself but no one believes or cares what you have to say and you get convicted? If you felt angry, then is it fair for black men to experience this oppression in court or even everyday life. It was more common before the civil rights movement, but still relevant to today that black men are often oppressed. Tom Robinson, a black man, in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was oppressed by being falsely convicted for rape. Emmett Till is a black boy who is also falsely accused of rape because he whistled at a white woman. He would even be killed by white men for whistling at the white woman. Emmett Till Revisited is an article that talks about Emmett Till and his murder trial. Another black
In today’s society it is a common consensus that society has improved on their acceptance of people of different religions, races, and sexualities. Prejudice is considered to be an uncommon occurrence, and that things are not as bad as they were in the past. This denial that prejudice, particularly prejudicial racism, is still prevalent in society is in itself a form of modern racism. This paper will focus primarily on the prejudicial racism that came to play in the Trayvon Martin case as this case illustrates that prejudice is still a pervasive problem in modern society, though it is often thought to be an issue of the past. This case displays the prevalent prejudices in society through the cases’ background, the commentary made on the case
In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, several innocent citizens were killed or harmed in some way for unjustified reasons. This is highly similar to the homicides that led to rise of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. Throughout the past ten years social media has rocketed with hashtags and live protests in order to promote the current social-issues that have been overlooked. Thus creating the different movements to bring awareness to the situations and hope that the citizens will work to change and or stop these homicides from happening. In the writing of Arthur Miller he chose to place the focus of the book around the witch trials that took place in Salem in the 1400’s. While people were being falsely accused of witchery without definite facts
Zimmerman calls the police telling the police what had happened. The Police come and notice that there was a body on the floor (Martin) and see Zimmerman. Police question Zimmerman for about 5 hours, and they contact the family. The Police arrest Zimmerman for murder. Right always the parents find out what had happened and right away accused Zimmerman for the murder of their son.
“Surrender is no guarantee that an armed police officer will not shoot you,” this quote by Steven Magee symbolizes exactly what victim Trayvon Martin experienced. According to an article written in 2015, the first ever attempt by United States record keepers to properly record the average of 928 individuals were killed by law enforcement over eight contemporary years as compared to 383 which was falsely publicized and miscounted by the FBI. In Lillian Bertram’s poem, “Skittles for Trayvon: A Diminishing Suite in Verse,” she depicts this prominent issue by reenacting a popular case through her poetry. The Trayvon Martin shooting occurred on the 26th February in 2012 when Martin, a 17-year old teenager, was fatally shot by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman while walking back to home in the gated community where he was momentarily staying.