Throughout history many films and TV shows have had cultural impacts on the society we live in today. Not every show or film has a positive result, but a film I have recently watched that has had a huge cultural impact on our society is the film called “Straight Outta Compton”. “Straight Outta Compton” shed light on the struggles the African American community have been going through since the early 90’s, while helping promote black pride, and opening a new era of music. This movie mainly focuses on what was going on in the 90’s. While, many problems between cops and African Americans were happening, a newly formed music group N.W.A.
The belief that vigilantism is justifiable becomes reinforced by pop culture, through Batman, Dexter and Died Hard. The fact that there are more criminals the police officers, and more crimes than the system can handle, persists in the human conscious. Pseudo vigilantism also finds a clash, between actual police and civilian vigilantes. In Seattle, Phoenix Jones dresses up in black tights and dons a red mask to protect his city, but Jones is routinely arrested and has even gone to trial for assault (Moore, 2009). George Zimmerman’s trial was national headlines for weeks, as the legality of his vigilantism was debated.
Rodney King was beat severely by police after high speed chase he had with the police. Rodney King was a black man that led to the case being a race issue, also another reason for the riots. The case of Rodney King was special because it was witnessed by a bystander and recorded the incident and sent it to the local news station. Three officers who part took in the beating of Rodney king were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, the last officer was only charged with assault with a deadly weapon which may have been the cause to the violent riots where there were many deaths and damages to business. The case of Rodney King sparked awareness of police brutality and forced many changes in policing, but as years pass by we see the use of excessive force coming up again which makes the use of excessive force an ever growing
This changed when it came to several confrontations starting September 24th. On September 24th a group of protestors was headed towards Union Square and was blocking several streets along the way, which led to the arrest of around 80 protestors. Although this is understandable, it was what happened while these arrests were made that caused media attention to skyrocket. During the arrests, police was indiscriminately using pepper spray in situation where the use of pepper spray was unnecessary or on already detained protestors. Most of it was caught on video and led to the increased interest of the media and the general public.
The commotion alerted nearby citizens who flocked to the scene, and the built up tensions of many years of discrimination escalated into a riot. It took a combined effort of almost seventeen thousand law enforcement officers to be suppressed (Sugrue 259). Conflict flared throughout the city streets during the summer of 1967 as a Detroit was once again torn by a period of cataclysmic violence (Sugrue 260). Detroit has really fully recovered from the events of the past, evident through ongoing economic struggles and recently a declaration of bankruptcy, and creates a controversial situation in regards to the origins of this urban crisis. De-industrialization and white flight were not merely the result of the 1967 riot as they also inspired the feelings of hatred and frustration among black Detroiters in the previous years.
One of the more charged debates at this time in Minnesota is the actions of Police officers. In the past couple of years, Minnesota police have made headlines in incidents such as the deaths of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, and most recently, Justine Damond. This has created a distrust of the police force that shouldn’t be there and can be fixed. This past summer, I went on a mission trip to Detroit, where I was blown away by what I saw and heard. I learned about the past in Detroit, which is plagued by racism and police brutality, most notably in the riots of 1967.
Namely, racial discrimination and persecution of people of color persisted long after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Kappeler). Aside from the origins of police development, information regarding one of the pivotal moments that began such current, tense relations between black people in America and the police is the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 in the city of Ferguson, Missouri (Chaney, Cassandra, and Davis, “No Justice”). The fatal death of unarmed, black youth caused protests, rioting, and complete social unrest for several days (Chaney, Cassandra, and Davis). Overall, many policy-makers have attempted to resolve this issue by increasing police officer accountability through the use of body-worn-cameras (Kappeler). As these have been recently introduced and not yet adopted by all police forces, it is not sure whether they have proven
In the last decade, publicized events of police violence have exploded. The force of people that were meant to serve and protect have become one of the most criticized facets of society. With more and more visibility of misconduct on the news, people have taken up ideological arms against these biased actions. After the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and acquitment of vigilante George Zimmerman for the crime, #BlackLivesMatter became a call to action to stop the dehumanized violence perpetrated against blacks. In response to this movement, #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter has been cried out.
The Los Angeles riots began on April 29, 1992. The riots started because four white police officers beat Rodney King, an African American. Rodney had been pulled over by police after an eight-mile chase and then refused to get to the ground. A man had videotaped the scene and it was broadcasted in the United States (Wallenfeldt). Jeff Wallenfeldt, the author of the article published on Britannica, wrote, “Although many Angelenos in the late 20th century prided themselves on their city’s ethnic diversity, there was a strong feeling on Los Angeles’s minority communities that the city’s predominantly white police force practiced racial profiling and engaged in racist brutality against African Americans and Hispanics” (Wallenfeldt).