Police Shooting Research Paper

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Holding Police Accountable for their Killings of Unarmed People of Color Fruitvale Bart Station is where I begin and end my day. The infamous platform in Oakland, California where bart police murdered Oscar Grant, a fully restrained unarmed African American who was celebrating New Year 's Day with his friends and girlfriend. Johannes Mehserle, the police officer involved in the shooting was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Thus, having to spend the minimum two years in prison but being he had time served he only would only spend seven months in jail with possible bail. Murder? And he practically walks away with a slap on the wrist? This tragedy and many more that followed sparked the movement of national protests and social media hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter. Police are not being held accountable for their killings of unarmed people of color. Police are also unfairly targeting blacks. Police are excessively violent toward blacks than any other race. Their first instinct when dealing with confrontation between a…show more content…
Eric Garner, 43 died while being held in chokehold by plainclothes officers on camera. Court Verdict: No indictment. John Crawford, 22 shot dead in walmart by police officers who received a call saying he was holding a gun and pointing at people, later to find out it was a toy gun that he picked up off the shelf of walmart. Court Verdict: No indictment. Reid, 36 was shot seven times when pulled over for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, resulting in his death. Verdict for the two police officers: No indictment. Police are not being held accountable for their wrongful crimes and abuse of authority towards blacks. According to Mapping Police Violence, only 3 out of the 210 killings of unarmed black people resulted in officers being charged with a crime. This shows justice is not being served for people of
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