Instead the police often challenge black people for walking or driving. This leaves the communities frightened of police rather than feeling supported. In society today, the fear and violence in which the author lived when growing up in Baltimore still continue on. The growing media coverage of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States can be described as “An Event”. Because of all these issues taking place, many in society are becoming psychologically impacted never forgetting the events they have experienced.
There is a point in everyone’s life where they are scared of a police officer pulling them over. The fear is usually getting a costly ticket or taken under arrest; However, darker skinned citizens now have to worry about police brutality. Police brutality is the use of excessive and unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. Over the years, the country has been exposed to the truth about what minorities face when pulled over by a racist police officer. Most of the victims from the police mistreatment are from minority groups, therefore, race plays a key role in police brutality.
Running head: Race and Policing 1 Race and Policing 6 Colby Heywood University of Massachusetts - Lowell Gender, Race and Crime 11/18/2016 Our country has been suffering a spike of fatal shootings of men of color by their own neighborhood police officers in the past recent years. However, the data of cases where racial inequality has been evident in policing duties has not been made readily available to the public. In fact, the federal database does not provide for any such records. Despite this fact, the case of policing and its impact on racial inequality has fetched innumerable research and investigations by the academics and media
Furthermore, when a group of people of being constantly attacked by police and their government is not doing anything to protect them retaliation is inevitable and uncontrollable. Violent protests and riots where erupted after the verdict of the Trayvon murder case, windows were smashed stores where looted and some the streets where left in ravages. The Black Lives Matter Movement is an international activist movement created by the black community that fights for the inequality of the crime system, killings by law enforcement officers and the issues pertaining to racial profiling and police
The number of shootings involving law enforcement officers and unarmed African American men has increased in the United States in recent months to the point where there is social unrest in one particular community: the African-American community. Groups such as Black Lives Matter have been created in the recent past to create tranquility between the police and the people of the Unites States. If media accounts of these incidents are accurate and these recent trends are taken together, the country is on the tipping point of a deadly unprecedented racial divide. It is safe to say that the majority of Americans would agree that the Civil Rights Movement achieved many of its goals, most would also agree that racism and racial profiling
In the article Police Shootings Won 't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People by Jack Hitt, the author describes a numerous amount of incidents against African Americans that almost always resulted in violent endings. Police are doing a lot of unjust things to citizens, most of which are to generate revenue for the city and to fund their own paychecks. For example, racist officers would pull over someone who is black for a minor incident and have them fined an amount that they are financially unable to pay; thus resulting in an escalating, yet endless amounts of additional fines. They also abuse their powers by breaking laws and justifying it with their police badge and authority. This shows that police who target people of a certain
In the article, “KING: Outrage over police abuse has disappeared in 2016, even with hundreds already killed by law enforcement this year”, by Shaun King, King argues that most Americans are unaware of the vast number of unarmed blacks that have been murdered by cops within just 2016. He believes that despite the previous hype of this issue, it has died down in 2016 and the pressure for reform on the police enforcement has diminished. Richard would include police brutality in his autobiography because even though there are now laws that prohibit discrimination and are meant to protect people’s rights, the law enforcement agencies are still getting away with targeting people of low social class, which is majorily
Racial Profiling and the disproportionate use of police force are controversial political issues. Debates on racial bias in policing continue to reverberate across the country making headlines, aside from the importance of the debate on racial profiling and police use of force, such events create intergroup conflict, foreground stereotypes and trigger discriminatory responses. A serious issue in today’s society is the rising tension between the police force and the community which has developed through racial profiling and police brutality. In New York City, the controversial “stop, question, and frisk” policy was endorsed by some as essential for reducing crime rates (MacDonald 2001) and challenged by others as racially biased with a heavy burden placed on affected individuals and communities (Fagan et al. 2010).
Roman Mendez CRJ 1113-001 @01505193 I. Describe racial profiling and racially biased policing Racial profiling is a prominent problem in America in general. No individual goes unjudged in todays society. The US department of Justice claims "Issues surrounding race in America, and, specifically, racial profiling have been highly visible and volatile." (Bias-Based Policing, n.d) Racial profiling is defined as "Creating a profile about the kinds of people who commit certain types of crimes" by the National Institute of Justice.
In the Criminal Justice System of the United States, there has been a disparity affecting African-American communities and minority groups. Minorities perceive themselves as the main targets of police use of force, racial profiling, and a bias culture within law enforcement. The central argument, is that such actions have an impact on the relationship between police officers and the African American community, causing problems in our society. But does history explain why law enforcement has developed a negative relationship with African-Americans? In our democratic era, police officers are considered a walking symbol of safety and protection.
Today, these specific situations almost seem like any traffic stop or crime confrontation(Bandler, 2016). This is all in result of the growing hate against police officers and in addition now, the hate towards our current president(Bandler, 2016). This hate towards cops would expectedly have a direct effect on how the cops perform. Most would walk around a little more jumpy than usual when people are resistant and sketchy(Bandler, 2016). Having had talked to cops before, they do clarify the difficulties in identifying a situation correctly(Bandler, 2016).
Garner’s death was a heartbreaking tragedy, but the unjustified backlash against misdemeanor enforcement is likely to result in more tragedy for New Yorkers” (36, Heather Mac Donald).” Here, Mac Donald makes me feel threatened by the criminal justice system. She advocates for more tyrannical policing involving interrogating and searching innocent people. I would hate to be in a situation where an officer was questioning me and wanted to search my person. If I declined the search I would most likely be asked “what do you have to hide?” and that can escalate into an unnecessary confrontation. Police officers should be involved in more community policing.
Blacks are the number one race that is being killed by police officers; the numbers of the killings are drastically high. Although policemen have very difficult jobs, they were the ones that agreed to take on the responsibility, this comes with sticking to the laws; they must not allow personal beliefs to get in the way of the law. However, many police officers let their personal beliefs (some being of racism) get the best of them, this has become a problem, ACLU stated that, “Although some police officials are still in denial, we have presented strong and compelling evidence, of both an anecdotal and statistical nature, that racial profiling on our nation 's roads and highways is indeed a nationwide problem” (Harris).
233). Studies from Peak et al. (2010) further indicate that bias base policing occurs mainly towards minorities and is racially insensitive (p. 233). Similar studies from Pollock (2014) revealed that men of color express more “distrust in the police because they fear force may be used on them due to their ethnicity and color” (p. 138). The notion previously stated by Pollock (2014) raised many questions about police ethics and morals, powers of discretion and pre-conceived discrimination, and prejudices that society has bestowed on individuals of minority background.
There is a distinct pattern of police officers knowingly violating the civil rights of citizens in this country because they have been allotted the discretion to do so. That idea that police officers, are culturally conditioned to see minorities in a negative light and more often than not use their discretion to arrest, stop, question an unreasonable and disproportionate number of minorities and 99% of time they are never found liable or held accountable for their actions is a serious issue. People love to argue in favor of the "good cop" the defenders of freedom. The truth is the vast majority of the law enforcement officers in this country perform their very difficult jobs with respect for their communities and in compliance with the law. But this is not always the case.