In America today there has been a rising issue with the misconduct of law enforcement against African Americans. The reasons why police brutality has become an issue is because police officers are violating citizen’s rights, killing innocent lives, and abusing their power of authority. How many more lives are to be taken in order for people to realize the injustice of the law enforcement. The first reason why I believe police brutality is a rising issue in America is because it is a breech of a citizen’s rights. Law enforcement violate a citizen’s rights by racial profiling. They target a specific ethnic group or minority in which they do not like to cause harm unto others. In the Constitution it states, “All men are created equal” which
Addressing police brutality must be done with empathy for and awareness of the plight of the African-American community. Historically speaking, there has not been a period wherein the African-American community was not inhibited by institutionalized barriers. American enslavement provided the foundation for later oppressive provisions that are especially prevalent within inner-city, predominantly Black communities, which, incidentally, many of the prominent instances of police brutality have taken place. Political regimes like the “war on drugs,” “school to prison pipeline,” and mass incarceration criminalize and dehumanize the African-American community, and thus affect the collective mindset of the population. I believe that an imperative first step that has not been taken is acknowledging the effects these may have on the Black community.
In 2015, the call to help towards ending police brutality in the African American community came to light with the death of many “Unarmed” African American Victims. Of the deaths, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice are among some of the victims whose deaths helped shed light of the issue of police brutality in the African American community. Of the deaths, the untimely and mysterious death of Sandra Bland showed the world the proof that Police Brutality cases are not really investigated as they should. Sandra Bland was an alumnus of Prairie View A&M University who had just received a job from her alma mater as a student ambassador (Sandra Bland). In the weeks before her death, Bland regularly used the #SandySpeaks hashtag
Racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as “a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin” (“Racial Profiling”). Racial profiling can be done because of stereotypes like “Blacks and Hispanics are more prone to crime” (Niller). However, that doesn’t mean that is alright for officers to “stop and search people” (“The Problem”) or shoot them because they look agitated. The power to stop and search is given by the fourth amendment requires that the police have a “reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed before stopping a suspect.
Racial profiling is a very important issue that individuals in society face every day. This problem occurs in low income or poverty-stricken areas throughout cities and communities across the nation. Hundreds of anecdotal testimonials allege that law enforcement officials at all levels of government are infringing upon the constitutional rights and civil liberties of racial and ethnic minorities through a practice called “racial profiling” (Ward, 2002). So what is racial profiling? According to the National Institute of Justice, racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (National Institute of Justice, 2013).
Racial profiling is revolting to the Constitution. Federal courts have view on several constitutional principles whether or not racial profiling violates the law which they have come to agreeable terms. Law enforcement officers have use racial profiling as a technique to stop and search someone against their will which hampers the Constitution. Racial profiling is violating our constitution which is a danger to our community. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “racial profiling is in every instance inconsistent with this country’s core constitutional principles of equality and fairness” (“Should Racial Profiling Be Accepted”).
Annotated Bibliography Books Dudley, William, et al., editors. Police Brutality. D.L. Bender, 1991. • Police Brutality gives information on how police brutality is a widespread issue in the United States and explains different controversies and cases that relate to police brutality. • The editors of this book include activists and nonfiction authors who provide reliable information on what happened during different incidences of police brutality and the viewpoints and controversies that come with it.
The legacy of slavery has contributed to a culture of systemic racism within law enforcement that still exists to this day. Despite many attempts to resolve this issue, police brutality remains an ongoing concern in the United States, with recalls to address its main reason. This essay will discuss what is happening between police officers and African Americans, why it’s happening and some of its main reasoning and what could be done to reduce police brutality. Systemic racism is a main contributing factor to the
These two variables remained “consistent” throughout the study. Racial profiling is not only about being victimized for the color of your skin. It is also about freedom of mobility. Dr. Dunn writes, “The ability for all citizens to move about freely in public space unfettered by undue laws” (959). In other words, the Professor believes that all citizens have the right to shop, walk, drive, and go about their business without being restrained or inhibited by local law enforcement.
Police brutality is commonly used phrase in modern society. Many protest the injustice seen on the cameras that are glued on to the bodies of our police officers. These camera's had a purpose to decrease these protests. The main issue, is the lack of truth, which causes many court cases.
The police department of Los Angeles slogan is, “to protect and to serve.” To protect and to serve as in providing safety and assistance. As of November 29, 2015, 1,077 citizens have been killed by a United States’ police. That is equivalent to at least one death every eight hours. Do you feel protected?
In the present debate over how black unarmed people have been treated by police officers has gone to a whole new set of direction. As a result of many mistreatments police officers have been involved in has changed society and victims families for the better. And it has been very impressive how many people have been involved in effective protests in order to take action and let people know that this has got to stop and it just cant happen anymore. I chose to do my topic on police brutality and it is sociologically significant because it was relevant that nowadays in United States of America that were a lot of tension between police departments and unarmed black men, and how police officers take
According to “The Washington Post”, Last year 963 African Americans were shot and killed by police. Ever since the 1960s Africans has been fighting for equality; in the Eric Garner case and Michael Brown, it demonstrated how White police officers abuse and misuse their power towards African Americans. Since the increase of police brutality communities has had marches, rallies, and even the Black Lives Matters movements as a response to show that Polices’ abuse of power is unacceptable. The Black Lives Matter movement was created after radical discrimination it is a political movement to inform and protect Black Lives. (Wesley Lowery.
Police brutality is when a police officer uses any type of force on someone that exceeds the necessary amount to accomplish a lawful police purpose. The force doesn’t have to just be physical, it can also be physiological harm through intimidation tactics. So in simpler terms, police brutality is when a police officer uses more force then what they should use to stop a person or animal. There is some ways that we can help prevent police brutality, one of the ways we can help prevent it is by giving police better training in a nonviolent way. This is especially important when dealing with violent animals.
This means that even the criminals, who are a part of the public, have certain rights, particularly, civil rights. Police brutality causes a major concern in today’s society in America and a resolution is imminent. These racial prejudices are rooted in America’s deep psyche to grasp its power, we must move American original sin, slavery, and its corollary the terrible fear transmitted from generation to generation of a revolt. Police misconduct can be described as any inappropriate behavior on the part of any law enforcement officer that is either illegal or immoral or both.