Acts of racism. To begin with, King was an African-American beat by four white police officers. Up to this point we don’t want to make any racist accusations, because it might sound stereotypical or predictable. However, we are given two specific examples about how it really turned into a racist act. During the downtown riot, while all traffic was at a stand-still, three African-American beat Reginald Denny, a white-truck driver.
King was intoxicated while driving and the police had caught him speeding, and initally he tried running away from the police, only to be followed by multiple police and a helicopter. The officers then proceeded to drag King out of his car and brutally beat him. This brutality was the first caught on tape by a bystander, the video had shown the officers tazing, kicking, and hitting Rodney with thier batons a little over 53 times. Witnesses had claimed that King was cooperative and never resisted the officers. The video had gone viral of the abuse and after the case being aquitted by an all white jury, the outcome of these actions resulted in what we know as the L.A riots.
Hymon was “reasonably sure” that he did not see a weapon in Garner’s hands. To Hymon Garner appeared to be 17 or 18 years old and about 5’5 to 5’7 feet tall. Hymon began to give verbal commands of “Police,” “halt” as he walked towards Garner because it appeared that he about climbed the fence. Garner disregarded the command and started to rise to elude police. With the belief that Garner would get away if he made it to the other side of the fence, Hymon shot him.
As a young black male in 2017, our society has me racially profiled. Anytime they see a young black male like myself, eyebrows raise. Society does not view us as equals, they view us as a minority even though we are a majority. We are viewed as the ground the walk on. They think we will never amount to anything. The African American population has contributed so much to this country and we still don't get the respect we deserve. Society expects us to fail, drop out of school, live a life of crime. Society expects me to have four kids and three baby mamas and on probation bc I can't pay child support. Society expects me to deal drugs and be in gang related activities. If I am walking through a wealthy neighborhood after dark society expects
Are minorities unfairly targeted by law enforcement? Many people would answer yes to the controversial topic of do minorities get unfairly targeted by law enforcement. But not only are minorities targeted unfairly, they also get treated unfairly through the legal system. The bad treatment of minorities in the United States legal system starts at the beginning of that system, the investigation of suspected criminal activity by law enforcement agents.
(Garner had been arrest 30 times in his life for crimes ranging from grand larceny to simple possession of marijuana.) While Garner is yelling at police and waving his arms around threateningly, Officer Pantaleo came up behind Garner and tried to place handcuffs on him, Garner then swatted his hands away, after which Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold, and taking him to the ground. After Garner was taken to the ground three other officers jumped on top of him in order to subdue him. About an hour later at the hospital Eric Garner was declared dead” (Shapiro).
Racial profiling is a controversial topic in today’s society, it leads to false assumptions without having any facts. People suspect and target people based on a stereotype about their race. Many minorities are targeted by government officials such as police officers just because of their race or ethnicity. Just because a particular person from a particular race did something wrong, everyone from that race is being discriminated against by people from other races. Injustice is all around us and peoples right are being violated. In Citizen, a book of different stories, Claudia Rankine shows how the black community is being discriminated against and socially profiled. Rankine shares some of her and her friends experiences that they encountered
Will there ever be a world without racism? Why do people choose to group people together because of a race and not look at everyone as individuals? Can people ever be separate and equal? People are the same in many ways through culture and background, but this crosses racial lines and doesn’t define one particular race. The word Racism is an ugly word and immediatlely we think of someone who hates people based on skin color. While Racism has been around for years; there isn’t one place on earth that doesn’t contain racism. Over the years, however racism has changed.
Police brutality has been around for many years, but has most recently gained attention through the cases of many such as Michael Brown and Garner. Michael Brown’s situation is a little more different than Eric. Michael was stealing a pack of cigs but as he was coming out of the store police officers were already dispatched. His partner actually got away from the police officers but as for Michael he was still being chased, Michael was chased for a while so he decided to surrender but as he surrendered the officers shot him down. Witnesses said that Michael decided to
One historic example of racial bias in the police force is Dr.King 's march from Selma. In Marion, Alabama on February 18, a group of peaceful demonstrators were attacked by white segregationists. During this attack one of the younger demonstrators, Jimmie Lee Jackson, was killed by a state trooper. In response, Dr Martin Luther King led a 54 mile march early in 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama from Selma that lasted five days to the capital where many oppressed black citizens had been campaigning for voting rights including, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). On Sunday, March 7, 1965 protesters got ready to go to Montgomery but Alabama state police officers with weapons
On April 22, 1992, three guilty criminals walked away innocent after committing heinous acts of aggression and assault. They were not punished after brutally beating an African American citizen after a meer traffic stop. This brutal act of racial profiling was forgiven in the name of systemic bias and societal attitudes towards racism and similar issues. The date in question is the day that the verdict of the Rodney King trial was released by the jury. The trial involved Rodney G. King a taxi driver who was pulled over for a traffic violation.
Justice Department announces that no federal civil rights charges will be brought against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012”. Equally important, one contributing factor that has become evident is race. A big factor in the Trayvon Martin case was claimed to be racism; a diversity of people claimed Zimmerman as racist; I strongly feel if Trayvon Martin was white the situation, and results would have been different. In addition, the most notable racial profiling occurs mostly towards African Americans, specifically young black males. In other words, Justice is not being served for people of color, such a tragedy, African Americans have developed their own powerful movement of national protests and distributed all over social media hashtags such as
The initial reaction of the general public, especially the African-American community, was filled with rage and disbelief that such horrific acts of brutality and discrimination could take place. Moreover, the white community not only felt anger but also guilt, many of them were ashamed of the officer's discriminatory acts, and the abuse of their power. The strong belief was that if it were a white man who was in King's position, the situation would have most likely developed very differently. A survey was conducted shortly after the recording of the beating had been playing on television for multiple days.
From Ferguson to Tulsa to Baton Rouge, there have been countless cases of police brutality towards African-American men, women, and children. Murderers never receiving their justice, given paid time off and being cleared of charges. Families living in fear, left torn apart at the hands of people who took an oath to serve and protect. We see people of all races standing together in protest of something we know to be wrong, advocating for much needed social change.
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