Police brutality is a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer uses an unnecessarily excessive amount of force upon the victim. Police brutality is a hate crime committed by officers who have too much power. Also, most of these police haven’t been held accountable for their actions. It’s sad to say that this is a very familiar topic in America. Race, age, and location are all factors that seem to have an impact on this act of crime.
This is not a racial issue, this is a social problem. By July of 2015, the number of police- related deaths extended to 664 making the country’s police force one of the deadliest in the USA. Out of the total of 644 deaths, 321 were Caucasian fatalities, 174 were African Americans, and 96 were Hispanics. According to the reports, 578 of these deaths were involved guns, others involved car
Police brutality remains a common yet controversial topic around the world. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (thelawdictionary.org). It’s a topic that segregates communities and makes each other their enemy. Specifically, a white officer has been the enemy of the black community. Unfortunately, the tension between police and blacks grew over the past few decades. As a result, there is a drastic increase of violent outburst between both sides. For the last years, it was reported that 51.5 percent of black were killed by police officers (ibtimes.com). On the other hand, there have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement and it resulted in 14,453 injuries in 2015 alone (nleomf.org). In the United States, recently, police brutality has been a popular subject all over the news and social media.
According to the article Racism and Police Brutality in America, “Whites believe that Blacks are disproportionately inclined to engage in criminal behavior and are the deserving on harsh treatment by the criminal justice system” (Chaney 484). The justice system has unfortunately followed this idea. The African American race has been a minority in the legal system in the past; however, it has been much worse as of 2015. Some individuals assume it is acceptable to refrain from acknowledging this fact. Racism is an issue in the midst of police brutality, and it should be resolved. An occurrence observed by the population of Los Angeles, California conveys the existence of racism and police brutality. According to The Polls-Trends: Racial Differences in Attitudes Toward the Police, “…three quarters of blacks, but only 38 percent of whites, continued to view police brutality as a common occurrence” (Tuch and Weitzer
“Frequent exposure to media reports of police abuse or corruption is a strong predictor of perceptions of misconduct and supports the belief that is common.” (France-Respers 1). But unfortunately, it also brings me disheartened feelings. Recently, I was on twitter and I stumbled across a video of a young white male who was roughly about twenty to twenty-five years of age who was being handled so aggressively by about six officers while he was NOT resisting. The act itself is disappointing but more importantly I was bothered by the fact that there are many white individuals who fall victim to acts of police brutality but they don’t receive as much attention because they are not minorities (especially as much as african americans and latino’s do). “Deaths of whites at the hands of law enforcement typically receive less attention, even when the case is shrouded in controversy.” (Richardson, 1). This is an issue as a nation, we are fighting for unity among us all so I find it particularly odd that I never hear cases of police brutality against white individuals on the news, but constantly I come across one’s relating to african americans. All cases of police brutality are wrong despite color, race and ethnicity and we all deserve the right to raise awareness of this growing issue! Police
Cops around the United States have been accused of racially profiling black people. This topic has been brought up by everyone around the U.S. and is very controversial. Studies have shown that the majority of deaths by police officers have been people of opposite color in America. Police brutality in America is a growing epidemic that has shown no signs of slowing down. Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason.
Police brutality is not a new problem in the United States. It has occurred throughout history and has affected all genders, ethnicities, and races. Recently, however, police brutality towards African Americans has become a controversial topic in the news media, and has prompted heated discussions and angry public outcry about race relations and civil rights throughout all sections of the country. Ever since the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, which was caught on camera and viewed widely on national television and on social media, the police have been under scrutiny by both the news media and the general population to stop their use of physical force and unnecessary violence when apprehending and confronting criminals.
When compared statistically, the ratio of a black unarmed civilian being killed by the police is 3.49 times higher than that of a white (Makarechi, 2016). In Weitzer and Tuch?s research book, ?Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform,? they explain that such a relationship on policing and racial inequality is not explainable at the local level, but the data for racial biases is indeed shocking in the case of police shootings. It?s even more common at local crime scenes. The relationship of neighborhoods with their police can be dependent on the socioeconomic status of the community in which they reside. However, police misconduct has been responsible for raising crime rates in community crime policing in spite of their socioeconomic statuses (Weitzer & Tuch,
This article was written by Cody Ross and published in the Social Forum journal, a peer reviewed journal. It is reliable as it has already been peer reviewed and cites many other sources throughout it. In the article, it says that there is a racial disparity in police violence against white people and black people. It attempts to support how black people are unfairly the victims of police brutality as compared to white people. It brings up statistics as to how unarmed black people are much more likely to be shot than unarmed white people are when it comes to dealing with the police. This is very relevant to my source as riots and police brutality is shown throughout my video, and that is what my paper will be focusing on.
We live in a world of mass communication where information is thrust upon us via internet, television, and print. In this day and age, the media has an immense impact on the general public’s view of practically everything. In some cases, the media can cause a complete change in the attitude of the general public. One major shift in viewpoint that has occurred recently due to stories published in the media is the opinion of the general public regarding law enforcement. Public perception of police in Miami has shifted from a once highly respected profession to resentment and mistrust during the last several decades. This is due to endless negative media coverage of police misconduct and negative portrayals of even justifiable uses of force.
The Media is another issue that has always plagued police agencies since the start of the newspaper. The relationship between police and the media has proven to be apprehensive as the media can both help and hurt the reputation of law enforcement. Thus no matter how the news and other forms of media perceives them law enforcement takes how they are represented very seriously. Though officers are taught to always show police professionalism while on duty it’s the way media resents law enforcement that really can set the public opinion. The most viewed type of news is bad news. Officers are held to the expectation to always do right since it is in the job description. So it’s no shock when coverage on suspected ‘police brutality on a black male’
The media and other political figures speak a great deal on this matter, and they have a tremendous influence on America’s interpretation of the incidents. In “The Cross Blue Line; Lexington”, some police departments blame Obama for calumniations opposing law enforcement and a war against police. Political figures like the president have a major impact on how the American society reacts to issues. Even though Obama appears to villainize police officers, he spoke in favor of the police department when an African American man murdered Goforth, a sheriff’s deputy, while Goforth was pumping gas into his patrol car(“The Cross Blue Line; Lexington). Furthermore, the media also plays a major role in the reactions of the citizens. The media regularly
American culture sees police officers as violent, unethical people after shootings. Although not all all people see police officers that way. Over time people and police officers have had conflicts, but recent conflicts have become more violent. Violence against police officers have become an issue because officers have stated that they feel unsafe at work.
In today 's society when we watch the news the instant a cop has an incident with a person of some minority group it’s a sure bet it will be on the headlines for everyone to see. This sparks public outrage and there are protests throughout the country and extremists are challenging the police. Then we hear some political or popular figure make a speech telling everyone to calm or blames the police. But what about the cops side of the story, even though there are some crooked cops not all of them are bad. A good portion of the time the suspect makes a spectacle of themselves, forcing the cops to act. Just about every suspect will say they were pulled over for racist reasons. For extreme crimes, the cop cop is demonized for doing his job. Instead of going only off what we are told, we need to look into the matter ourselves and stop demonizing them because it doesn’t help.
Admittedly, feelings of outrage arose while watching the video about the murder of Arthur McDuffie. Especially, hearing his mother repeat the phase “The Beat him like a dog!” caused my heart to ache. Sad to say, this abuse is contemporaneous. During the 1980’s, I was a five-year-old little girl living in Gary, Indiana; never aware of the riot in Miami caused by this abysmal act. Nevertheless, the number of violent killing of black men by law enforcement is escalating drastically. As a result, the large presence of social media today, which make people more cognizant of the acts daily. We cannot turn on the news without seeing someone murdered, beaten, or attacked by law enforcement. Law enforcement