Racially Biased Policing in South Carolina Racially biased policing is a frightening social problem that I will be discussing on my research paper. First I would like to state that by having a better understanding of racially biased policing will allow the readers to have knowledge of this social problem at hand. Racially means the races of humankind; biased means an unjust treatment toward someone; and policing is an authority adult male or female, who can take away your freedom or life if given profitable cause. From this it is safe to determine that racially biased policing are authorities who prejudice against people who are poor and of color. I will discuss those purposes of racially biased policing throughout this research paper. Food …show more content…
• Attacking and beating, resulting in broken bones, dislocated body parts, and death • North Charleston is 47% African American and the police department is 80% white Victims of Racially Biased Policing Racially biased policing occurs often in North Charleston, South Carolina, from the research I found on this topic I am not surprised in this finding described by (Hagler 2015) The shocking deaths at the hands of police in New York City; Ferguson, Missouri; North Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, to name a few, have awakened the nation to the criminal justice system’s disparate impact on people of color. Racially biased policing has a major effect on poor people. This includes low income areas, known areas of high in crime, and government assisted living. With that being said male African American are being targeted out of this race. The African American race has a high rate in being labeled as a trouble maker, drug dealer, violent, and are discriminated against. People don’t notice small issues sometimes until a bigger issue presents itself. Hopefully with the facts given people would look back and notice there was signs all …show more content…
There have been numerous attempts at lessening racially biased policing, but it still exist and is a very big social problem. The extremity of racial biased policing is upsetting for me being an African American mother of two males, who have already experience this at a young age of nine and eleven. The misconduct that authority have for poor and color people is life or death, times have not change. People of color and poverty are still fighting for equality and change is overdue. I am here to take a stand and not allow racially biased policing corrupt my family lives or my life. In spite of the obstacles that will come, there is a greater cause. So there will be a lot of white citizens in South Carolina who don’t agree but with unity, education, and communication racially biased policing will be
Researchers and Black people are not the only ones who recognize that racial profiling is a problem — even some government organizations do. A page on the National Institute of Justice’s website admits, “people of color are more often stopped than whites” (National Institute of Justice). Clearly, racial profiling by police officers is an existing issue and something must be done to put an end to this horrible practice. Fortunately, there are several methods for how police departments can reduce racial profiling against Black
Content analysis of news articles, video’s, surveys, and interviews with the Chief of Police in Sherwood, North Little Rock, and Sheriff of Pulaski County is the methodology used in this research. I have read many articles online so far about police shootings on African Americans. My frame of study for my research is going to be the past 10 years. All of the articles that are used for my research analysis that the local police departments are racist and the shootings of African American males are race related. There will be roughly 200 articles that will be used for this study.
As a result police officers have become a major key in the arrests of many people of color. Alexander explains how police will stop and search people of color who are “suspected” of containing drugs or who look “suspicions.” Police officers are actually encouraged in their training to use racial profiling and when a person files a complaint the Courts always take the side of the police officer. As stated by Alexander, “The dirty little secret of policing is that the Supreme Court has actually granted the police license to discriminate” (130). Many would argue that police officers and the justice system are fair and that they don’t discriminate and that one does have a fair trial in court from all the lies the media and television shows feeds the people about the justice system and police force.
From Ferguson to Tulsa to Baton Rouge, there have been countless cases of police brutality towards African-American men, women, and children. Murderers never receiving their justice, given paid time off and being cleared of charges. Families living in fear, left torn apart at the hands of people who took an oath to serve and protect. We see people of all races standing together in protest of something we know to be wrong, advocating for much needed social change.
Racial profiling by law enforcement is an overwhelmingly useless and prevalent expression of hate and ignorance to this day. Internationally, a wide variation of races are unrightfully discriminated against by the enforcements who are supposedly there to protect them. Jim Crow policing is an issue that undoubtedly continues, no matter the amount of riots or unjustly arrested/ murdered civilians. Cases like Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown, as well as Bob Herbert 's article Jim Crow Policing published in the New York Times, February 2nd 2010, explain first hand accounts and statistics to give examples of the fact that racial profiling from the police force consistently takes place.
Smith & Holmes (2003) confirmed research that stated that minorities are the targets of police brutality. Referring back to Figure 1, you can see that among the other ethnicities, African Americans over the age of 25 have been targeted the most starting from 1968 and now the targeting has been spread out to other ethnicities but a majority of the police brutality cases are involving African American males. From looking at Figure 1, one can see that the African American community has been affected the most with police killings since 1968 up unto now. For example, in the case of Michael Brown, an 18-year old African American male who was fatally shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a Caucasian male. Michael Brown and friend
If a person has nothing to hide then there shouldn’t be an issue. Yes, we do have rights and know this class is not going to agree with my decision, but there needs to be some kind of stoppage on the terror that has affected us. I’m Hispanic and I have no issue if a white cop stops me because I 'm Hispanic. If I didn 't break the law and I 'm not rude or disrespectful then he is going to let me go and I
In the police world, racial profiling is the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. Racial profiling by the police can have many forms, some more common and serious than others. Racial profiling can include “being stopped for being ‘in the wrong car’”, being “questioned for being in the wrong neighborhood” or being “harassed...for petty traffic violations” (Schmalleger, 2013). This paper describes racial profiling and its effects on communities, the public and the media.
Police brutality and racial profiling against has became a huge problem in America. In 2016 more than 250 african americans were killed by police officers. Two thousand and fifteen an estimate of 306 blacks were killed. Mainly our african american men have been killed innocently by an officer because the color of his skin.
“Of those students, black and Hispanic students made up more than 70 percent.” (Washington Post) The deaths of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and John Brown and the outrage these cases stirred, proves that racism does exist in the criminal justice system. Therefore, to prevent racial disparity in the criminal justice system it is crucial that America steps up in changing the way that officers respond to a victim of another race, reducing discriminatory mindsets, and lessening the victimizing that is set on these other groups of people.
Throughout history, disputes and tensions between law enforcement officials and communities of minorities have endured hostility and violence between each other. Racial profiling has become a “hot topic” for researchers as well as for politicians and by now it is likely that most citizens are at least aware of the common accusations of racial bias pitted against law enforcement (Cochran & Warren, 2013). Communities of color are being discriminated against and racially profiled by white police officers for any suspicion of criminal activities. It has been widely assumed by policy makers and citizens alike that allegations of racial profiling are mostly associated with the policing practices of white officers and their treatment of racial and ethnic minorities (Cochran & Warren, 2013). Also, individuals of minority descent will certainly recognize that they are being racially profiled during a stop that is being conducted by a white police officer.
Throughout history, the failure of the government to protect black people from ruthless enforcement officers, forced blacks to act in their own interests. During the 1930s, the National Negro Congress organized massive rallies against police brutality, the Black Panther was created to stem the tide of police abuse, and in the 1970s the Congress of African Peoples sponsored the “Stop Killer Cops” Campaigns (Fitzgerald, 2007). The list goes on and on of groups and campaigns that African Americans formed to protect themselves from white supremacy and most importantly police brutality. Although some observers claim that racial profiling doesn’t exist, there are an abundance of stories and statistics that document the
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, departments that serve less than 2,500 people are 84.4% white and departments that serve millions are 53.4% white (as cited in Fifield, 2016). Notably, Over the years, a lack of diversity within law enforcement has become a pertinent issue. Notably, the underrepresentation of minorities within law enforcement influences the relationship between communities and law enforcement by engendering distrust with law enforcement. To say nothing of, underrepresentation of minorities have had many people question whether departments mirror a diverse community. Nevertheless, with that being said, underrepresentation of minorities have generated tension and distrust between communities and law enforcement and many believe that police department need to mirror the race composition within their cities.
When it comes to racial profiling by the police in the criminal justice system, African Americans are more often racially profiled than any other race in America today. This has become a problem because not ever black individual is a criminal and not every criminal is black. Therefore, there needs to be some sort of resolution to this epidemic. “By analyzing data from 4.5 million traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, Stanford researchers have found that police in that state are more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists, using a lower threshold of suspicion, than when they stop white or Asian drivers” (Andrews, E., 2016).
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.