I believe that there is often a lack of accountability, as well as superiors to believe officers rather than those who may accuse officers of acting. “When Walter Scott fled from the North Charleston police, he was not merely fleeing Michael Thomas Slager, he was attempting to flee incarceration.” (Paragraph 2) While more training and body cameras may decrease the number of violent and deadly situations between police and suspects and they are not the solution to the problem. This flaw in the criminal justice system, Coastes argues, ultimately comes down to how often minors view police as a power, rather than an authority meant to protect. Many believe that our justice system is a fair one, based on the idea that one is innocent until proven guilty that all deserve a fair trial etc. However, why then do law enforcers often resort to deadly force with little hesitation? One reason is lack of responsibility, and lack of training but fixing that won’t completely reform the police state. They problem is in the way the criminal justice system exists often as a deadly force against those who commit crimes rather than as a force that attempts to help past or potential offender. “African Americans, for most of our history, have lived under the power of the criminal- justice system, not to authority.” (Paragraph
Did you know that White Americans have a higher chance to be frisked than to be shot? That is the opposite for African Americans. They have a higher chance of being shot before being frisked. But to push this farther, cops are trained on reaction. If you quickly put your hand in your pocket and you don’t do as told, police may think you have a dangerous item in your pocket, so you end up wounded or tazered. Police officers are not racist; they are doing their job..
For many years, it has been difficult in identifying the proper meaning of the use of force or the proper use of force, regarding on police officers. Use of force by police officers is acceptable under specific circumstances, such as self-defense and of another individual or group when necessary. There are officers caught abusing their power by using excessive force in the wrong situations. Many people can view police officers as using excessive force in a way to complete their job, but others can view them as using excessive force inappropriately in cases like racial profiling.
Any parent would want justice for their child if they were killed. “Justice for Sammy”. This has a lot of the people in Toronto and the grieving family members chanting for the loss of Sammy Yatim for his death on July 27th, 2013. The tragedy devastated mostly everyone in Toronto who heard about it. So what did they mean by Justice? Justice means the state of moral righteousness. And everyone who this incident affected wants something to be done. On the evening of July 26th, a young 18 year old man was shot by Toronto’s very own Constable James Forcillo. It was that same night that Constable Forcillo shot three bullets into Yatim, the young man dropped and then Constable Forcillo fired another six shots (Carson & Kauri,
The article I read about written by Wendy Gillis was about a police officer using excessive force against someone who seemed to have put a major threat towards the officer and resulted in a death. The shooting happened July 27, 2013 and ended the life of Sammy Yatim. A short summary of what happened was that Yatim pulled out a knife and was waving it around on the TTC, he told everyone to exit the bus and he put no one in harm. James Forcillo and his partner were the first to arrive at the scene and don’t Yatim multiple times to “drop the knife”. Yatim didn’t drop the knife and started walking in short strides around the bus, but not putting anyone in harm. Forcillo tells Yatim “if you take one more step in this direction I am going to shoot
In the article, “How Police Training Contributes to Avoidable Deaths” author Seth Stoughton shares his experience as a previous police officer as well of the experiences of others and states how the training of police officers “is part of the problem” (Stoughton 2014, pg.2) with police violence of present day. Police are trained to respond to every situation with the mentality of encountering a dangerous situation, and that hesitation can end up deadly for the officer (Stoughton 2014, pg.3). Police are also trained to be afraid (Stoughton 2014, pg.3). They are shown videos where officers are killed but aren’t given the chances of an civilian to officer violent interaction happening, which have gone down in the past years (Stoughton 2014, pg.5).
It’s a cold winter morning, and a police officer is patrolling his normal route. Born and raised in this small Midwestern town, he is now starting his own family here. He rarely sees any excitement at 3 A.M., but he spots a car swerving as he passes it on a country highway. He turns around and pulls the car over to find that the driver is his neighbor. It is not a rare occurrence that it is someone he knows in such a small community. His neighbor appears to be intoxicated and becomes violent when the officer reaches for his handcuffs. He takes a swing at the officer and then attempts his escape. Thirty years prior, the officer would have had the option to draw his weapon and fire or risk a dangerous car chase. Thankfully, he has a Taser gun on his belt. He is able to draw, fire, and apprehend the subject with little effort and no loss of life. His neighbor may have died that night if it were not for this modern technology. It is for this and many other similar situations that law enforcement should be allowed to use Tasers.
The documentary was informative about information that is discussed globally, but is not explained in full detail about the negative aspects that non-political people actually see. For example, the “war on drugs,” was originally started by President Nixon. The rumored main objective was to throw black people away and antiwar left. I believe that white people were fearful of black people after the 13th amendment was passed, which formally ended slavery in 1865. From 1865 till now, some people still express that fear because black people have all the freedoms and rights that everyone else has. One of the reasons for making marijuana illegal, was to avoid white woman and black men from being social and interacting with one another. After President
Police officers deserve respect and should be given the benefit of the doubt in cases of lethal force. The danger inherented in their jobs needs to be taken into account. “I find one thing in common. What I see lacking is respect for authority,” said Gary Koranda from USA Today. When we have people walking around shouting out cruel stuff to the police, that 's wrong. These police go around every day risking their lives to protect us, and all we do for them is protest. Imagine waking up everyday thinking is this my last day. Many officers who were questioned about their reaction to the reported indictments described how a difficult job, had been made even tougher, foot pursuits,Vehicle pursuits, Making an arrest ,Traffic control, Heat stroke,Stress,
WE KNOW THEY WILL KILL US. They grew up listening to rap songs calling for the death of niggas. “And, I won’t hesitate to put a nigga on his back” Dr. Dre said that twenty-four years ago and we are shocked when a gun-ho cop wants to put a nigga down. The death of Alton Sterling is shocking but not surprising. You had a Black man whose dignity was being taken away by the police and in a typical move the Black man lash out against the very force we know will kill us with no hesitation. (“And, I won’t hesitate to put a nigga on his back”) There goes that hook again but when you watch the video what did you see? Sterling on his back and the cop pulls out his firearm letting the brother know that he will kill him and..he pulled the trigger. I know firsthand how aggressive the police can be but when you are looking at the man who can kill you and ask questions later you have to let the ego go. We want to fight the power, fight the police but unless we are ready to go to war against the police we cannot win. The police, time and time again has shown us that they will not hesitate to pull that trigger. Michael Slager killed Walter Scott as he ran away from him but he grew up during a time when rappers like Dre gave the seal of approval and he too wanted to put a nigga on his back. But why did he pull the trigger? It
The use of lethal force by police is subject to societal, strategic and tactical considerations that inform choices in the field. While many factors are the same for all force options, the tactical purpose in the use of lethal force is distinct. A key question is not whether a killing was justified but if it was avoidable. In deciding to use lethal force, expectations that police are able to make nuanced choices are questionable.
Lately, police officers have been in the crosshairs of the judgmental media and the disapproving public. Often times, people very rarely consider what could be going on in that officer’s life. Not only so, but very rarely do people really know what happened in that situation. Yes, that officer shot a man or a woman. Yes, he or she was not armed. Does society condemn that officer, and threaten to try him or her with murder? The media tells us, yes society does, but there is always another side to the story. Does each officer involved in the, supposed, murder of an African American boy, or any individual for that matter, get tried with murder when they were only doing their jobs? If the public knew all of the information, then the actions of the officers may have been justified. The use of deadly force by law enforcement is justified and necessary under the proper circumstances because it increases the safety of
Flooding social media and America television numerous amount of American are being killed by the hands of police. All of these unarmed killing made American furious and started a nationwide protest. From a seven-year-old girl name Aiyana Jones from Detroit, Michigan to a sixty-eight-year-old name Kenneth Chamberlain from White Plains, New York. Both was killed by hands of police both Aiyana jones and Kenneth Chamberlain was killed inside their home by police. American question why does officers use lethal force when they have Taser gun, pepper spray, and a knight stick. No one will ever know what is going on in officer head during a call, this is where police training is extremely important because one wrong choice can cause someone to lose
For decades now, the controversy over deadly force has continued to show up in the news when police officers have acted in a manner that some citizens find just while others deem completely unfair. Many lawsuits stemming from shootings and crimes have found their way to local courts or the Supreme Court to deal with this issue. A portion of the U.S. population finds deadly force unnecessary when non-lethal weapons such as pepper spray or batons just as easily subdue the criminal. In addition, these citizens argue that officers might be liable for cases filed against them if they use excess force on people that seem suspicious but have not actually committed a crime. On the other hand, the opposing argument in favor of deadly force states that
How many of you have turned the television on this morning only to find out that another innocent life was taken away from us? How many of you began to rhetorically ask yourself “where were the local law enforcement in this situation”? Now of those who rhetorically asked themselves that question, who was even more shocked to find out that it was one of their own local law enforcement personnel that was behind the gun that took away another innocent life off the face of the earth. More often than any other current political issue, it is becoming very common to learn that cops are killing unarmed innocent citizens in America. If there were more training available to cops to teach them