The confrontation ended with Zimmerman shooting the unarmed teenager in the chest”(Trayvon Martin Biography). His attacker George Zimmerman- a neighborhood watch member- reportedly shot and killed Martin merely yards from his home. Similar to Trayvon Martin, Mike brown was an unarmed teenager who was brutally killed by police. “The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb came after a struggle for the officer’s gun…”( Mike Brown NY Times Article). Hundreds of community members gathered to peacefully rally for a better investigation of his death, and in response police brought K-9 enforcements and weapons, if that isn 't a despicable representation of police force, I don 't know what
The misuse of authority by police officers in the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as well as the negative view society holds for African Americans, gave Dylann Roof and still gives other people like him the idea that it is possible to get away with murdering minorities. These societal judgments and misconduct by authority figures are what caused Dylann Roof to go to the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and shoot nine innocent people. Roof’s deep-rooted racist views and a culture that supported these views led to the deaths of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanzza Sanders, Reverend Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, and Reverend Daniel Simmons
Because of all these issues taking place, many in society are becoming psychologically impacted never forgetting the events they have experienced. For example, current state-citizen tensions surrounding police killings of unarmed black youth and the failure to hold officers responsible for unlawful actions has roots in centuries of sanctioned violence against black bodies. Coates stated, “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage” (Coates, 103). His searing recitation of Prince Jones’s death supports the claim. In Baltimore, Ferguson, and across the US, white police officers consistently are implicated and often exonerated in cases of racial violence against young blacks.
Two Palm Springs police officers were both shot and killed while responding to a public disturbance. John Felix, a twenty 6 year old resident of Palm Springs was the convicted suspect of the shooting, and deaths of Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny. When the officers arrived to the residence of John Felix, they tried to get him to comply with there orders to exit his home. After 10 minutes had past with no progress, and Felix opened fire on both the officers. Felix had said he would kill the officers, but the officers did not expect to be fired on behind the door.
When police arrived at the scene they ended up killing the little boy almost immediately after encountering him. What the police assumed was a real gun, happened to be a pretend gun. The shooting of Tamir sent the country and African American community into complete outrage. African Americans were upset because countless innocent people continue to get killed by police officers. Fast forward to today, the city of Cleveland has granted the family of Tamir a settlement for six million dollars (htt).
“Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them…” - Benjamin Todd Jealous. Is it okay how in today 's society many innocent people are stopped by the police because of their race? Is it okay how many innocent people are often killed or injured because of their race? It’s not okay for people of color to be targeted by authorities because they “look suspicious”. The fact that this is an actual real world problem going on right now is disgusting.
Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, shot an unarmed black man after his car was found abandoned in the middle of the road. Federal, State, and local authorities have launched investigations into the officer shooting. Tiffany Crutcher, the victim 's twin sister, has urged prosecutors to press charges immediately. Terence Crutcher was shot and killed after he ignored direct orders from the officers confronting him, and as officers thought he was reaching for a weapon. There was no weapon found on him, or in his vehicle.
In contrast, not only was this "awful barbarism ignored," but these officers of the law also took part in the cruel acts by enabling the lynching. This illustrates that the judicial system was set up in an unfair way, and did not allow black people equal access to a fair trial. It is also notable how Wells expresses her anger by her use of language, while also exposing the outlawry which had emerged during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Because of this extremely brutal type of violence, African Americans continued to live in fear throughout the
A crime that happened in April, Officer Neal Browder fatally shot a 31-year-old man named Fridoon Zalbeg Rawshannehad, who had been suspected of carrying a knife. After the shooting, no weapon was found, although Rawshannehad was carrying what has been described as “a shiny looking object.”(San Diego Cops Keep Forgetting to Turn Their Body Cameras On Before Killing People - Counter Current News."
Furthermore, when a group of people of being constantly attacked by police and their government is not doing anything to protect them retaliation is inevitable and uncontrollable. Violent protests and riots where erupted after the verdict of the Trayvon murder case, windows were smashed stores where looted and some the streets where left in ravages. The Black Lives Matter Movement is an international activist movement created by the black community that fights for the inequality of the crime system, killings by law enforcement officers and the issues pertaining to racial profiling and police
Make no mistake if OJ Simpson was not a wealthy man and could not afforded the defense her received the outcome of this trial would have been much different. In the 90’s domestic violence was, a serious issue but one that was not taken serious. According to the FBI In 1992, 1,431 women were killed by their boyfriends or husbands. Yet when Mr. Simpson was arrested for beating Ms. Brown he was only ordered to complete 120 hours of community service, two years probation, fined $200 and ordered to donate $500 to a battered. He was allowed to walk out of jail and have access to the
All across America, an epidemic of law enforcement perverting their power over the people has broken out. Statistics show that, every eight hours, someone’s life is taken away by the very people who are supposed to protect it. An African-American man is about twice as likely to be executed by an officer as a Caucasian man, whether they pose a threat or not. Jess Colarossi from ThinkProgress.org reported that, “several Delaware police officers wound up fatally shooting the wheelchair-bound man.” This man, Jeremy McDole, was adjusting himself in the chair, with no weapon on him, and nevertheless the police found it compulsory to shoot a man incapable of even dressing himself in the morning. The thought processes that went through the minds of these officers is inconceivable.
In todys world a black man is looked upon as a criminal because they might look suspicios or fit a certain category. The movement had orginally started on social media as a hashtag, leading to an actual organization. African Americans have long, fought for freedom, however our law doesnt give justice
Also, a shooting happened at Virginia Tech in 2007 that left thirty-two people dead. John Houser bought a gun at a pawn shop without having a background check done. Then he entered a movie theater and killed two people while wounding nine. Afterwards, he then shot himself (USA Today). There are too many lives lost due to a simple flaw that could be fixed if the United States would try harder.
Literacy Narrative Everything 's an argument. When unarmed, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch for looking suspicious with skittles in his pocket; similarly, when unarmed, 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer for stealing a pack of cigars, and when other countless unarmed black people have been shot and killed in America, the argument has been whether race affected these situations. Although many still don’t see the social inequality minorities in America still face, the reality for these groups is heartbreaking. August 9th, 2014, social media sites were flooded with reports of the shooting of Michael Brown. People were outraged, but for very different reasons.