In all reality, a police officer is not responding to the skin color of the individual but to the environment in which the crime has been committed. The article “Black Supporters of Racial Profiling: A Demographic Profile” by Shaun L. Gabbidon, George E. Higgins and Kideste M. Wilder-Bonner. Gabbidon, Higgins, and Wilder-Bonner explain how demographic areas can affect how black males maybe looked at when a crime does occur. “Black males are overrepresented among perpetrators of violent crime, they may be perceived as a real threat and thus an appropriate target of racial profiling particularly in disadvantaged communities of color where violent victimization is most likely to occur” (11). This is biased-based policing and not permitted to happen in any of the states in America.
Police officers are given slaps on the wrist for taking a life or injuring an innocent person. This will show how police brutality has affected black communities and how African American communities’ have responded to it with movements and protest, and how they try to overcome
In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police. Questions still arise today about the disproportionately high numbers of people of African descent killed, beaten, and arrested by police in major urban cities of America. Since the mid-1900s the words law enforcement and policing have been used interchangeably. In order to understand the present, one must understand the past relationships between law-enforcement and African-Americans. The Webster’s Unabridged Deluxe defines black as of the darkest color; opposite of white ; a Negro; dirty; evil; wicked; without hope.
Officers should be taking into consideration the magnitude of their duty and how reliant the people of America really are on their efforts. Officers using violence upon the innocent is a close comparison to terrorism. If American officers continue in this malpractice, the general public will place no trust, compassion or admiration in the protectors of our society. Every ethnicity, sex, or religion has encountered police brutality throughout history. In the early 20th and late 19th century, poor white men in northern cities and Jews and Immigrants from southern cities have face inhumane discipline by their local officers.
This is what started the Blue Lives Matter movement, a movement for police officers to be protected. Due to a spike in police deaths the government imposed harsher laws against assaulting, harming, or killing a police officers. The BLM community is concerned because they feel like they are taking a step backwards in the relationships between the community and its people with the local police officers. Lots of people are saying that the movement is unjust because they believe that “All Lives Matter,” but the movement is just simply pointing out that African Americans are being wrongfully targeted and killed. The movement is trying to prove that all of our lives should be equal not one life is better than the
In 2014, an unarmed eighteen-year-old African American man, Michael Brown was gunned down by a white Ferguson police officer. A grand jury later acquitted the officer which sparked violent protest through the city of Ferguson calling for justice (Mclaughlin). Due to intolerance, Caucasian authorities are racially biased toward Black people. For example, instead of analyzing an African American male from a clean slate, the authorities use prejudice to characterize him or her as violent and aggressive (Hall). A 2012 FBI data report found that US police kill black people at disproportionate rates.
In 1951, psychiatrists Kardiner and Ovesey published a book entitled ‘Mark of Oppression’, describing the internal effects of inequality. They claimed that black Americans, who have a history of oppression, suffered from a range of problems originating from low self-esteem and aggression, producing anxiety and general constricted emotions. Fanon also described the negative consequences of colonialism in his publication ‘Black skin, White
Police brutality can be described as the misconduct of police officers such as police corruption, harassment and discrimination. Three potential causes of police brutality are a corrupt law enforcement system, racial profiling, and inadequate training. Police officer’s duties are to maintain peace, enforce laws, and protect the American general public. In today’s society, the media continue to emphasize the amount of force police use as essesesive
In the film, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, by Stacy Peralta, analyzes the social conditions of young African Americans associated with gang violence in South Los Angeles as well as its influence towards the LAPD. One of the events that became rapidly known for its police abuse was the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. This occasion which surfaced through the news media after four police officers were being videotaped beating up a black motorist, Rodney King, became evident of the unnecessary brutality that was being dealt with. Since the victim was unarmed, there was no justification towards the attack, therefore, the use of force was considered unwarranted. The Federal Courts trial, that acknowledged the acquittal of these law enforcers, led to a sudden outbreak, which African Americans sought to promote social justice.