Police killed Garner during the attempted arrest, due to excessive force. Garner was a 6’2 African-American who had been arrested 2 times earlier that year for selling untaxed cigarettes. The two officers who approached Garner were going to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes. According to reports, the officers used excessive force and put Garner on the ground. The officers had a verbal altercation just moments before the death took place.
For millions of Americans, the presents of a uniformed police officer bring comfort and assurance that order in being kept amongst our society. For others, the feeling of being stopped because they look or act a certain way bring frustration and fear amongst minorities. Criminal profiling is a high-profile issue facing law enforcement, due to criticisms about how profiling’s were carried out. Difference in police exists. Whether profiling is the exception or the rule, it is highly debated across the United States.
In 1994, a 17-year-old shot a cop in Milwaukee, telling police that he was inspired by a Tupac Shakur song to kill the officer (Thurtle, 10 Attempts To Blame Murder On Music). To condemn hip-hop music, a form of self-expression and art, as the root cause of violent acts committed within society is unacceptable. While some may view the profound topics of sexual assault, misogyny, and substance abuse discussed within the lyrics as distasteful, others may find what hip-hop music discusses to be comforting. As a society, the violent lyrics in songs written by hip-hop artists depict their reality, merely reflecting society’s current state as opposed to being the motive for crimes committed.
Many police officers get off easily because they call it as self-defense, but it’s not. People being brutally beaten or killed, riots breaking out, mourning of neighborhoods, lawsuits against police departments all can be at stake of police officers using excessive force. This is part of the reason our country has been in an uproar. In the last few years’ police brutality has been at an all-time high. Because of it, movements have been started and protests have broken out.
From example a young boy named Lionel Tate, who was 12 years at the time his crime was that he beat up a six year girl to death. He was charged as an adult and charged as first degree murder. Now a days young children cannot be charged as an adult because the court ruled a law on June 25, 2012 that no children under the age of 18 cannot be charged as an adult. So it 's okay for a child at the age of 14 to kill their parents and not be charged or for a 13 year boy to beat their father to death? So these kids were charged as adults, but that 's been because the court didn´t ruled the law until 2012 that they can’t be tried as an adult.
Are Police Racist On April 29, 2017 Jordan Edwards, unarmed, was leaving a house party that was getting “out of hand”. He was fatally shot and killed while in the car leaving with his brother and three other unarmed teenagers. Jordan was considered a great student and he was liked by many of his teachers and classmates. This is just one of the many times police officers have fatally shot someone that was unarmed and just happened to be black. Police racism is a very big problem in America.
The problem that started the protests in Ferguson was due to the fact that a Caucasian police officer, Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown and killed him. On top of that, Michael Brown was left on the ground for over four hours. What makes this incident even worse is the simple fact that Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown six times. Six. Within accordance to the autopsy report, Michael Brown was shot in his skull, which was what caused his death.
Under this circumstance, this signifies that police officer treats black people with hostility. This hostility act from the police officer towards Oscar Grant reminds me of the former slavery. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass reveals the story of a slave named Demby, who was shot by his master because he was trying to escape from the torture of Mr.Gore (Chapter 4). At this point, Grant is the resemblance of Demby when he was shot. Demby was scared and afraid that he decided not to obey the slave owner because he thought that by giving up his body to the master could get him into a greater torture, thus, he decided to go against his master’s order.
Racial profiling is the discriminating practise of targeting someone for suspicions of committing a crime based on their race, ethnicity, or religion. Racial profiling is a problem that has been around for many centuries ever since the white majority have learnt that all the people in the world are not the same color or race. In today's world racial profiling is an extreme problem because of law enforcement in the USA having a very high usage rate of it. This has greatly affected the African American populations of the USA because police have racially profiled many African Americans just because of their color. Though this is happening a lot, it is not something that is silently being watched by America.
But what people call racism has always occurred even in recent days. In addition, racism today is becoming too complicated to solve, compared to that of the past. During the Civil Rights movement, what racist did was easy enough to distinguish. For example, black people were not allowed to enter certain restaurants only because they are black people. But today, police officers can justify their killing as proper law enforcements.