Police Brutality and Race Police brutality is not a new problem in the United States. It has occurred throughout history and has affected all genders, ethnicities, and races. Recently, however, police brutality towards African Americans has become a controversial topic in the news media, and has prompted heated discussions and angry public outcry about race relations and civil rights throughout all sections of the country. Ever since the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, which was caught on camera and viewed widely on national television and on social media, the police have been under scrutiny by both the news media and the general population to stop their use of physical force and unnecessary violence when apprehending and confronting criminals.
In society there are many young black males and females that have been killed in the past years due to police brutality. Michael Brown was one of these young people. Thousands of people were protesting against the police after this shooting, saying how outraged they are that this happened and also how they targeted him because of his skin color. Michael Brown was shot dead on the day August 9th, 2014. The police
The justice system sentences black people to harsh punishments for minor offenses, where white people would walk away free for the same crime. Our color blindness prevents us from seeing the racial and structural divisions in society, such as the unequal schools, the isolated jobless ghettos, and the segregated society the justice system has built by locking up African American men for up to half their lives and missing out on their
While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States. Racial discrimination affects the way Americans think about race violence and relations, and should be eradicated as soon as possible. Besides Trayvon Martin’s death, there have been several occurrences of race violence in America. One such event was the death of Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.
In my opinion, racial injustice is still a problem in the United States criminal justice system. While the circumstances of the Trayvon Martin case did not affect me personally, it had a large impact on Miami-Dade County. I am friends with a bunch of students who attended the same public high school as Trayvon. However, while I live five minutes from that institution, the private school I attended was thirty minutes away, in Broward County. Thus, I could hardly sympathize with my friends back at home.
The act itself is disappointing but more importantly I was bothered by the fact that there are many white individuals who fall victim to acts of police brutality but they don’t receive as much attention because they are not minorities (especially as much as african americans and latino’s do). “Deaths of whites at the hands of law enforcement typically receive less attention, even when the case is shrouded in controversy.” (Richardson, 1). This is an issue as a nation, we are fighting for unity among us all so I find it particularly odd that I never hear cases of police brutality against white individuals on the news, but constantly I come across one’s relating to african americans. All cases of police brutality are wrong despite color, race and ethnicity and we all deserve the right to raise awareness of this growing issue!
Some felt as if this case was justified others felt it was not. This case was unjustified because it was an racial crime , officer ignored proper procedure however; the only threat was being a 12 year old with a toy gun. Thus case was a racial crime because of how he was identified
The Sandra Bland case truly has me disgusted and heartbroken, if you seen the video you know what I am talking about, its so hard to watch... Every time I 'm stopped by a cop I 'm immediately scared because #1 I am young African-American male and #2 I still have my South Carolina state drivers license and I now live in a different state... No one should ever have to feel this way I pray every time I get pulled over and call my oldest sister Timeka Kimberly Wilson-King.... GOD please watch over my people cause we constantly being targeted for the COLOR OF OUR SKIN... #SandraBland
According to the article Racism and Police Brutality in America, “Whites believe that Blacks are disproportionately inclined to engage in criminal behavior and are the deserving on harsh treatment by the criminal justice system” (Chaney 484). The justice system has unfortunately followed this idea. The African American race has been a minority in the legal system in the past; however, it has been much worse as of 2015. Some individuals assume it is acceptable to refrain from acknowledging this fact. Racism is an issue in the midst of police brutality, and it should be resolved.
Over the past couple of years, the instances of discrimination against people of color has increased exponentially. From Sandra Bland to Michael Brown, the injustices against people of color seems to have no bounds. As with any conflict, many people seem to be picking sides in these situations. Whether they side with the police or victim, it is hardly fair to do so without gaining an adequate understanding of what happened. Unfortunately, people fail to acknowledge both sides of the conflict in question.
According to the text the criminal justice system is racist, because Martin Luther King day, for instance ,senator Barack Obama charged that blacks and whites “are arrested at very different rates and receive very different sentenced.” A example for this would be the book we are currenting A lesson before dying . A black man went to the store with two of his black friends and they shot a white man the boy name jefferson didn't do anything but by him being a black man and a white man is dead he is going to get charged with murder and a death sentence. If it was the other way around and a white man killed black mans he would of been let go and not charged but if they do charge him he would not get that much time. Our justice system is just messed up but that's just how things are today.
Racial Tension in Michael Brown 's case On August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused protests and has drawn the world’s attention because Michael Brown was an unarmed black man while Darren Wilson is a white police officer. People believe
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting prompted protests. When it was announced that Officer Wilson would not be indicted, the announcement set off another wave of protests. Not all police officers are dishonest and abuse their power but It 's obvious that today 's community of people has a suspicion of officers true intentions. The idea of cops and cameras has been around for a while but ever since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown the debate on whether police officers should be required to wear body cameras has been the center of attention.
The author of ‘USA Today’ speaks about the controversial story of what really happened regarding the Michael Brown shooting. The author explains how in the first story, it was said that officer Darren Wilson was harassing Michael Brown for walking in the middle of the street, leading up to him hitting Michael Brown with the car door and proceeding to shoot him several times. Meanwhile, in the second story the author tells how Michael Brown reaches into the squad car while officer Darren Wilson was in it, hitting him in the face and reaching for the gun; causing the officer to release fire as defense. The author also stated that even with evidence from eyewitnesses, the grand jury determined that the shooting was a lawful tragedy, and not