Hard Data, Hollow Protests I highly disagree with majority of Mac Donald’s argument. Firstly, her inclination that officers “have more to fear from black men than black men have to fear” from the officers does not sit well with me. Although blacks may make up the highest percentage of cop-killers, blacks are more likely to be shot than whites. I suggest that since both facts are true to an extent, social culture and biases have become the driving force for both instances to play out as they are: Black men are more likely to kill cops, cops are more likely to kill black men.
The strengths are that this reference does mention some very useful statistics and also the point of view of a black officer regarding racial profiling and traffic stops. A weakness is that an attorney is quoted, making a general statement that all police are racist, which is not accurate, however, it is prevalent. The main points are that Latinos and blacks are far more prone to injury/death at the hands of police in one particular coroner's office. Black leaders feel police should be able to carry out their jobs without violence. They feel it is not in their job description.
Young black men were nine times more likely than other americans to be killed by police officers in 2015 according to the findings of a Guardian Study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year. “The black people in this country have been the victims of violence of the hands of the white men's for 400 years, and following the ignorant negro preachers we have thought that it was god light”. Since black people were made slaves, that’s when they started being victims of violence. If they didn’t do their job they would get beat up or
It states for over six years there has been officers: continually using “unreasonable force against people who presented no threat to officers or to others, routinely detained, arrested, and used force against people exercising their First Amendment rights, routinely blamed victims of sexual assault for their assault, particularly those in the sex trade, and failed to properly investigate over half of rape charges brought to them” and the like (p.2). Spence expresses that “these practices, which the report notes have been disproportionately used against black men, women, and children, are so deeply ingrained in the police department that some occurred during ride-alongs” (p. 2). Going to the extreme of officers being told by higher powers to ‘make something up’ if a patrol officer has no valid reason to stop a black citizen located in these impoverished areas and gloating about this on social
Intro According to USA Today, on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing a black person each year between 2006 and 2012(citation). Some might argue that because these victims were black, police officers targeted them. Americans need to dismiss from their minds that race is a determining factor of violence or threats. The media is the main catalyst for implanting race as an issue in Americans minds. The news media is solely responsible for blacks thinking that they are targeted by white police officers.
As police brutality against African Americans is increasing, it is very much reminding us of the civil rights movement. Black leaders risked their lives to ensure that all African Americans would live an equal life as white Americans. The racism and discrimination had been unapparent until recent events such as Donald Trump’s campaign being successful and the police brutality against African Americans. “Every 7 hours cops kill an American citizen”. Many times African Americans are targeted.
Racial tension between the police and the Americans citizens, especially the minority is something that has long existed. The racist actions have mainly been perpetrated by the white police against the African-Americans. African-Americans across the various states in the US have endured the racial injustices at the hands of the white police since the days of Jim Crow. Racial tension between the police and the citizens, especially the African-American still continue. The state of North Carolina has in the recent years been the hotbed of all issues related to the racial tension.
“Ferguson Effect Is Real and Hurts Minorities” An anonymous (2016) author of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about something called the Ferguson effect. The Ferguson effect is officers backing off proactive policing in minority neighborhoods, and the resulting increase in violent crime. Then the author goes to say this “effect is exclusively in black communities. Where the Black Lives Matter narrative about racist, homicidal cops has produced virulent hostility.”
Regardless of the decisions made by the courts and the evidence available to the public, it is easy to blame the situation at hand on racism. However, according to the statistics relayed on The Juvenile and Criminal Justice Center website, the stance leaning towards law enforcement bias towards black men, does not hold. These reports state that police killed 123 blacks. On the other hand, these reports also published that the same group of offenders
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.
During the mid to late 1960’s there were many riots which lead the police to the unjust arrest and shootings of African Americans. Which "result[ed] in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and the destruction of predominantly black neighborhoods" (Police Brutality). Racial tension contributes a sizeable amount to the division amongst minorities and police; "minorities in the United States see things much differently. A large majority, 81 percent, of blacks say police use deadly force too quickly compared with 61 percent of Hispanics and 33 percent of whites" (Law Enforcement and Violence). For the relationship to progress there must be an open dialogue between the “public” or minority's and the police.
As a result, there is a drastic increase of violent outburst between both sides. For the last years, it was reported that 51.5 percent of black were killed by police officers (ibtimes.com). On the other hand, there have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement and it resulted in 14,453 injuries in 2015 alone (nleomf.org). In the United States, recently, police brutality has been a popular subject all over the news and social media.
Every week there is a different story about an unarmed African American being shot to death by a white police officer. African Americans are twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with the police opposed as white people. According to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were unarmed and not carrying weapons. When will it stop ? An analysis of public records, local news report and Guardians reporting found that 32% of African Americans killed by police in 2015 were unarmed as were 25% of Hispanics and Latino Americans, compared with 15% of White Americans killed.
An occurrence observed by the population of Los Angeles, California conveys the existence of racism and police brutality. According to The Polls-Trends: Racial Differences in Attitudes Toward the Police, “…three quarters of blacks, but only 38 percent of whites, continued to view police brutality as a common occurrence” (Tuch and Weitzer
Cops around the United States have been accused of racially profiling black people. This topic has been brought up by everyone around the U.S. and is very controversial. Studies have shown that the majority of deaths by police officers have been people of opposite color in America. Police brutality in America is a growing epidemic that has shown no signs of slowing down. Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason.