Police brutality and racial profiling has always been a conflicting, and a long debated problem. The number of African-American males being killed or the number of African-American males facing excessive force by the law enforcement because of their skin color is rapidly growing throughout the years. Especially after the recent events that took many lives of young African-American people in the last couple of years in the United States, approximately 920 in 2015 alone, this became a very popular issue again, and caused unrest throughout the entire world. The chance of a black unarmed male getting killed is more than twice compared to a white individual. There had been many attempts to answer this problem, however it is still not solved.
Fatal Police Shootings “27 percent of African Americans are killed by the law enforcement” (Cooke 1) most of these are from fatal police shootings. Fatal police shootings have become an epidemic. The majorities of fatal police shootings are justified as homicides or have not been fully investigated. Plenty of cases have been closed due to false accusations. The turning point occurred when Martin Luther King Jr., Rodney King and many more were brutality beaten and or killed by police officers.
How does police brutality impact our society you ask? Statistics say From April 2009 to June 2010 In the United States there was 5986 reports of misconduct from a police officer that has been recorded. 382 Fatalities were linked To Police Misconduct. $347,455,000 Had been spent in related settlements and judgements. Police brutality is a complex phenomenon, which has widespread effects on today 's society.
Police Brutality and Racial Profiling Black people who were unarmed were killed more than whites by police last year. “Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people (BBC Podcast, 2015).” Although the extent of police racial bias and their previous abusive behavior is unknown (if any), there are other issues that are known. The purpose of this paper is to argue that race and ethnicity, social class, and bias are reasons that lead to police atrocity among African Americans. In this paper, seven articles will be used in attempt to support the specifics of each argument: (a) racial discrimination, (b) the majority vs. minority situations, (c) types of contact with police, and (d) police
Police brutality is at its peak. In recent years police men have killed a number of innocent civilians. On July 17, 2014 one such case is Eric Gardner died in Staten island, being one of those civilians who sadly have been killed by a law enforcer. Another example is Harming students and by standers has also appeared recently, on October 27th 2015 a police officer in a high school class told a student to give him her phone and she refused. Resulting in him viciously grabbing her and throwing her (while still sitting at the desk) and slamming her on the ground and sedating the student.
Recently, there have been many cases involving police brutality against African Americans in which some had costed their lives. Some actions taken by these officers are questionable to be justified or not. In July 2014, Marlene Pinnock, a 51 year old woman at that time, was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer for walking next to a freeway. The officer straddles her to the ground and repeatedly struck Pinnock 's head with his fists (Williams 106).
The term "police brutality" was in use in the American press as early as 1872. According to data released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2011), between 2003 and 2009 at least 4,813 people died. In the process of being arrested by local police. Of the deaths classified as law enforcement homicides, 2,876 deaths occurred of which 1,643 or 57.1% of the people who died were "people of color.”An arrest warrant allows police to enter the
Confrontations between law enforcement and civilians are never a welcome thing. But, during the last year many of those confrontations have turned violent. Police shootings ignited a public outcry for justice, plus the number of police officers shot and killed stood at 60 fatalities as of Thanksgiving Day, twenty of those ambush situations. People are dying on both sides. While the number of shootings dropped over the recent holiday season, the Blue Lives Matter Organization is a voice growing in popularity across America.
The Cincinnati Race Riots has been starting in the late 1800’s which the author believes it is still occurring in today’s world. Police Brutality is one of the main reasons for rioting and fighting. As they say, ‘’Between 1995 and April 2001, fifteen black males suspected of crimes had been killed by Cincinnati police during confrontation or while in custody, including four since November 2000, while no white suspects were killed in that period’’ (Wikipedia Cincinnati Riots 2001 np) In 2001, the deaf of Timothy Thomas, an African American male had started a riot. He was shot by the Cincinnati Police Department.Another African American named Roger Owensby Jr. died from being put in a police chokehold for resisting arrest, which killed him. The next day, Jeffrey Irons was killed for getting into a little fight with the police.
From the #RiseUp October last month, a long series of destruction in New York has attempted to shut down Rikers Island and called an end to the police terror worldwide. A large number of Family Members of the unfortunate participated in a march joined with students, pastors, activists, and public speakers like Dr. Cornel West and Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino against the Brutality of the Police Force. The newest research tells that the number of U.S. police officers are charged with fatal shooting has hit the highest level in a decade. A dozen officers has been charged with Manslaughter this year, up from the average of about five a year 2005 to 2014. The second example of a way to improve Law Enforcement is to protect the children from certain police officers so they will not feel frightened or