October 14, 2016
Police brutality- No Action, No Peace
For every 1,000 people killed at the hands of police officers, only one officer is convicted of a crime. On hand, police alone killed at least 102 African Americans in 2015. On average, that is at least nearly two killings a week (Statistics 1). Some actions have been implicated to combat this situation of police brutality, such as, protesting and demonstrations. Also, different tactics such as training officers and implicating body cameras and punishing those responsible for unnecessary casualties due to Police brutality. Police brutality is becoming an epidemic due to the amount of unnecessary casualties, Increase of protesting and demonstrating, and the …show more content…
In the case of ninety-two year old Kathryn Johnston, and African American woman, was shot dead in her own house after a falsified report of drugs being in her home (Amalcar 17). In another case of unnecessary violence, back in 1999, forty-one police officers shot and killed Amadou Diallo in the Bronx. He was only armed with a wallet but no weapon (Amalcar 16). In a case in 2006, police office took the life of Sean Bells. He was shot fifty times by police. He was shot by three undercover officers and three uniformed officers. He was unarmed and the next morning he was to marry (Amalcar 16).
This is an example of unnecessary police brutality among police officers. Police violence has also been a big upcoming epidemic. In February of 2013 police fired shots on two Hispanic women. The incident resulted in no fatalities even a bullet ripped one of the woman’s back. Officers fired more than one hundred rounds (Amalcar 16). Later that same day, Police opened up gunfire on a surfer on his was to the beach in his truck (Amalcar 16). The amount of police brutality and unnecessary police violence could go on and …show more content…
Black lives matter, is an activist movement that was formed to campaign against racism and forms of police brutality against African Americans. The movement was formed in wake of the shooting murder of Trayvon Martin after his killer George Zimmerman was acquitted. The movement was founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. These three African American women started the popular #blacklivesmatter in reaction to Zimmerman being acquitted (Murphy 1). The movement has since spread to other countries including Brazil, Canada, and several other countries (Adam 1). The hashtag has become a rally cry in 2014 after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri (Murphy