What about the Texas Church Shooting, where the shooter, was Devin Patrick Kelly, a former Air Force member. His background check was “clean” even when he assaulted his wife, broke his stepson’s skull, and had been discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct. This might not convince everybody about the ease to purchase a gun, because this intro has only talked about people being killed by them, so it must be hard to get guns, because these shootings don’t happen everyday. All of these shooters that caused these shootings, did not have a license or permit when purchasing these firearms. That’s how Stephen Paddock was found with 23 firearms inside of his hotel room, where the shooting came from.
In the article “Two British Boys”, by William E. Schmidt, James Bulger, who was two years old, was murdered. In the hour before the ruthless murder where they beat him with stones, bricks, and metal, they intentionally lied to concerned civilians who approached the two boys as they dragged a screaming James Bulger down the sidewalk. “Some passers-by did intervene on James 's behalf, only to be told by the boys that James was either a younger brother or a lost child they were taking to a nearby police station. When one woman challenged that explanation, telling the boys they were walking away from the police station, one said they had been wrongly sent that way by someone else.”(Schmidt, 10). They lied to these citizens because they knew what
I think his death was a shock for his family and unexpected event. Moreover, he died without doing any error. Based on what I read in The Other Wes Moore in introduction about one name, two fates, and compare it with an article “ 2 men arrested in shooting of NYPD officer, police say” in New York CNN Prokupecz, Sanchez, and Botelho explain that the police officers follow armed men, and the police officers was shot by the armed men. Also, the police officer weren’t in their work hour, and they did wear their bulletproof vests. Comparing this event with what happened this article the same as the book, but there is a different between them.
In Campbell Robertson’s New York Times article, “Charges Filed in Katrina Inquiry”, he talks about the killing of six innocent civilians. According to documents the civilians were walking, unarmed, over a bridge to get food and visit family members, when they were shot at by officers. When Lieutenant Lohman arrived at the scene he concluded that “the shooting was ‘legally unjustified’” and they started the cover up (Robertson). In this situation the police uses their powers to cover-up their wrongdoings so they don’t have to take responsibility for their actions. Robertson’s article also claims that there are other similar situations, for example a man found burned by police to hide evidence.
Young black men who are shot by the police are very commonly justified, such as Michael Brown who was shot by police because he went for a cops gun inside a cops car. Slyville Smith was killed because he had a record of various arrests, and refused to put his illegally obtained pistol down when an officer asked him to. Where are the overzealous white cops who are out to take young black men into prisons for no reason? Where are the cops who kill solely because they're racist? Some may argue that cops who are pulling people over for “small” crimes like a broken tail light or slightly overspeeding is what causes more police brutality, but if a cop pulls a person over for a broken tail light, and they gets out of the car with a weapon, is the cop really racist in that scenario?
In 2012, Trayvon Martin was walking home, unarmed, with his hood up and his hands in his pockets. Local neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, saw him as a “threat” and took it upon himself to use lethal force against him. Campaign Zero reported that in 2014 “police killed at least 253 unarmed people and 91 people who were stopped for mere traffic violations”. The police brutality continues to escalate creating despair within the community. Martin’s case, along with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and the massacre at the Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, became catalysts for the Black Lives matter Movement.
The police did not immediately identify the groups as outlaws, but rather, a bunch of wild, alcohol-fueled individuals who were causing trouble in their vicinity. Add to that, Clyde accidentally discharged a Browning Automatic Rifle. It triggered suspicions and the neighbors informed the Joplin Police District. The five-man team of policemen confronted the group on April 13 and Clyde killed Detective McGinnis and wounded the constable. They flew from the scene but left a trail of personal belongings behind them, including rolls of undeveloped films.
In February 2012, a 28-year-old man followed a 17-year-old youth and killed him on a residential street. The youth hadn’t done anything; he did not commit a crime, and he hadn’t provoked the older man. He was shot simply because he seemed “suspicious.” This was the story of Trayvon Martin’s death in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman (Cooper). Zimmerman, the killer, is a white man while Trayvon was an innocent black youth. While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States.
Marcus had a rough past with family and friends and is looking to have respect for himself, and others. Primarily, When Marcus was very young, his friend bought a gun so they could defend themselves. Unfortunately, his friend accidentally shot himself. Marcus was put in jail when the police assumed that he shot his best friend. Marcus cried the first night and has told no one about it.
Many people do not understand that police use this tactic for their own protection, but they do know that at times they use it when they do not need to. In the case like Eric Gardner in New York, use of force was required because he did not want to be handcuffed and there was a superior comparison physically to the cops. According to the magazine when should cops use force it states, “once things get physical, officers have little choice but to jump in as quickly as possible (Moskos, 2014).” The use of force can be judged proportionally by what happens before the act because if officers allow people to get physically, it will not only put the officer in danger, but also those around. Eventually, there are other strategies to use rather than the use of force. According to the magazine daily news it suggest, “the NYPD Patrol Guide encourages the use of pepper spray for noncompliance (Moskos, 2014).” It seems like it is a less lethal technique, but it is actually still dangerous because people may be allergic to the acidic substance and might end up dying.