Random sample surveys were conducted in Seattle, Washington by telephone, which asked citizen’s various questions concerning their feelings towards police. These questions included their level of happiness in regards to police problem-solving, their views on police hassling citizens, and if they had ever experienced, or perceived to experience racial profiling or bias by law enforcement (Wu, 2014). Of all the citizens that took part in the survey, 64% of African Americans felt that racial profiling was a problem inside their neighborhoods, 28% of Asians, 20% of whites, and 34% of Hispanics agreed (Wu,
Racial Tension in Michael Brown 's case On August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused protests and has drawn the world’s attention because Michael Brown was an unarmed black man while Darren Wilson is a white police officer. People believe Michael Brown’s shooting involves a racial tension between blacks and whites since Brown was unarmed and surrendered. In Ferguson, the majority of people are African Americans, and the majority of police officers are white. On the night of the shooting incident, Brown was walking home and confronted by Wilson because Wilson thought Brown was suspicious.
When addressing the public’s concerns during the heat wave at a city hall press conference, Mayor Richard A. Daley simply stated “let’s not blow it out of proportion. Yes, we go to extremes in Chicago. And that’s why people love Chicago. We
In the book, When Work Disappears, William Julius Wilson focuses on how joblessness and poverty are caused within the urban area or society. Wilson concentrates not only on poverty or joblessness, but he also focuses on reasons why jobs are disappearing. Joblessness or urban joblessness would be considered one of the main focuses of this book. Wilson describes it as being one of many major problems that is often ignored. Wilson focuses on poverty within the city of Chicago, such as the inner-city ghettos.
As an African American citizen, I am deeply impacted by the current events. It is another example of how African Americans are treated in a country we built. I believe officers still carry stereotypes society has created among the race. I also believe training is lacking within the Police Department. What surprised me the most, was how quick the investigation and invasion of Micah Xavier Johnson’s home was completed.
As the New York Times article (Williams, 2016) highlighted, “anti- black disparity persists”. Perhaps the way some officials are trained, by being taught that every interaction is life or death, paired with implicit bias is why community relations continue to be estranged. The officers that are intended to protect citizens repeatedly enter situations in a way that suggests every interaction will lead to a standoff between citizens and an officer; as we can see, officers typically enter situations with minority individuals in this manner more so than whites. We are waging an individual’s life on what officers “believe” to be true during the heat of the moment, despite knowing the fact that when individuals are overcome by fear their perception of chaos and peril heightens (Neuhauser, 2016). In a video done by the Close Quarter Defense (Neuhauser, 2016), officers that participated in an attack simulation couldn’t accurately recall the actions they displayed during the simulation and were startled to realize the situation they had originally perceived to be dangerous was not as dire as they had remembered.
Racism was stronger in the south than in the north and Emmett Till was walking into an environment he had never encountered before. Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in cold blood on August 28, 1955, after he was accused of flirting with a white married proprietor of a small grocery store. What Till was accused of violating the code of conduct for an African American male in the south. After the event Roy Bryant, husband of the woman from the grocery store, and J.W. Milam, his half-brother, kidnapped Emmett Till from his home.
The officer 's attorney says she was afraid Crutcher was reaching for a weapon when she opened fire. The 40-year-old Tulsa man was shot on September 16 in the Oklahoma City after his SUV broke down. The situation could have easily been handled different. The dashcam video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV with his
Nine others were wounded. What was to be a nice night at the movies to watch a screening of “Trainwreck” ended in tragedy? At least 100 people were there to see that movie, when suddenly a man pulled out a gun and started shooting. Col. Michael Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police said the gunman was a 58-year old white male. The call came through just before 8 p.m. about someone shooting at the Grand 16 Lafayette at 3141 Johnston St. the police say they know the identity of the man, but are not releasing that information.
Sometimes officers are even put in a circumstance where it is beyond their control. January 6, 2015 A man was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers and later revealed to have left behind several suicide notes in his cellphone, including one addressed directly to police. Matthew Hoffman, 32, was shot that Sunday evening after he entered a restricted parking lot at a police station and brandished what appeared to be a handgun. It was later discovered to be airsoft gun that fired small pellets like projectiles. San Francisco police later made public a note titled "Dear Officer(s)" with the granted permission of Hoffman 's father, authorities said in a public statement.
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.