A Creative Protest Against Police Brutality and Homicide
Police brutality and homicide related deaths took a toll on 3.66 million black people from 2003 to 2009. The police were looked at as a mass authority of individuals protecting the community. According to McKay, studies show that, “White officers kill black suspects twice a week in the United States, or an average of 96 times a year”(McKay). On the topic of police brutality and homicide, there is nothing gained in black community. Our lost in this battle are the fall of black lives and the relationship between community and law enforcement. We can only fight our battles by uniting and banding as one. Many cons and statistics support our positive protest.
Statistics on unreported abuse and injustice
Police brutality, one of the major and controversial issues in the United States today. The relation between the African American communities and the police force have drop to all new low. According to Akkoc, “ The LAPD shooting of a black homeless man known as “ Africa” is the latest in a series of controversial attacks by police officers in the last twelve months — and beyond”(Akkoc). This was one of the events that happened this year . We feel that this situation is morally and ethically wrong. Why is it that the power of police enforcement is never questioned? In the most recent case in Baltimore, the black community are now taking matters into their own hands. The effect of the event of a riot like this is national awareness. We either have to stand up against violence with nonviolence or fail and lose more brothers and sisters.
Supporting the first topic, statistics always plays a captivating role. According to graphs.net, “61% admitted that they do not always report serious criminal violations that involve the abuse of authority by fellow officers”.
Also, according to, Shaw “25% of police officers surveyed stated that they’ve witnessed fellow officers harassing a citizen”(Shaw).
Cons, “what police brutality and homicide do?”
Police brutality is the wanton use of excessive force, usually physical, but also common in forms of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer.
Widespread police brutality exists in many countries, even those that prosecute it. It is one of several forms of police misconduct, which include: false arrest; intimidation; racial profiling; political repression; surveillance abuse; sexual abuse; and police corruption. Although illegal, it can be done under the color of law. Police brutality disconnects the people from the nations own protectors. In the video above shows the graphic brutality of tazering.
Baltimore's mayor promised accountability Monday following the death of a man in police custody. Cell phone video shows…www.cbsnews.com
This is a video clip by CBS channel 13 news. In this clip there is a black male victim of police brutality who had got roughed up so bad to the point his spine severed. In the clip CBS talks about how the governor of Baltimore and the higher ups are trying to get down to what specifically happened. It seems as if its a mass cover up, the video is very graphic and contains screams of pain and injustice.Today, the black community are now in a state of action in the city of Baltimore which made a controversial alert around the nation . The use of excessive force and police brutality by U.S police departments has gotten extremely out of control. Allegations continue to generate headlines. Specifically white police officers and black citizens. Such as the death of Eric Garner and Freddie Gray. Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York after a police officer put him in a choke-hold for 15 seconds.
One of several forms of police misconduct, which include: false arrest; intimidation; racial profiling; political repression; surveillance abuse; sexual abuse; and police corruption. Although illegal, it can be done under the color of law.
Police officers feel that since they are in a high position of power that they can abuse it and just beat up on the people in the community. We, the black people are equal and deserve to be treated like normal people should be. Police officers take a huge advantage with their badge being on their uniform. Yes, it means to serve and protect your community, but not kill and neglect your community. In today’s society police, are getting out of control and abusing their rights as a police officers. As black people and U.S citizens, it needs to come to a halt.
Death Rate of African Americans by Police
According to Hudson, “Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extra-judicially killed at least 313 African Americans in 2012 according to a recent study” (Hudson). This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it’s possible that the real number could be much higher. 43% of the shootings occurred after an incident of racial profiling. This means police saw a person who looked or behaved “suspiciously” largely because of their skin color and attempted to detain the suspect before killing them.The fact that a black person is killed by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante every 28 hours (or less) is no random act of nature. It is the inevitable result of institutional racism and militaristic tactics and thinking within America’s domestic security apparatus
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program records that 410 people were killed in justifiable homicides by police in 2012. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that between 2003 and 2009 there were more than 2,900 arrest-related deaths involving law enforcement. Averaged over seven years, that’s about 420 deaths a year. While BJS does not provide the annual number of arrest-related deaths by race or ethnicity, a rough calculation based on its data shows that black people were about four times as likely to die in custody or while being arrested than whites.
According to DataLab, “Last month, The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, identified 209 suspects in the state in the past five years who were fired at by police; 79 died. The State could find only three police officers who were charged with a crime in connection with any of the 209 shootings.”(Rueben).