Black Lives Matter: George Zimmerman And Trayvon Martin Case

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Outraged sparked in Los Angeles on March 3, 1991 as a man named Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers. King was involved in a high speed chase along with two other male victims of these brutal police. Bryant Allen was one of the passengers and was manhandled, kicked, stomped on, taunted, and threatened. The other passenger, Freddie Helms, was struck in the head as he lay on the ground harmless. Helms was later treated for a laceration on top of his head (Newton). As for King, he was tased and beaten by batons with excessive force. The commanding officer on scene, Officer Stacey Koon, gave orders to a couple of the other officers to attack King with “power strokes.” Fortunately video footage of this incident was caught and sent to news agencies, sparking protest and more importantly awareness of police violence throughout the nation (Chapter 1). Police officials and supporters will call incidents like this cases of self-defense, however in many cases, it could have been handled differently.
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Cities have seen enough cases of police injustice and discrimination that they protest and sometimes riot. These protests and other events such as the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case have started an activist group called the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter has made a huge impact on citizens of the United States, not only black but all. It has become such an important part of the black community due to racial discrimination that it was discussed by Minister Louis Farrakhan during Washington D.C.’s Million Man March. Racial discrimination in the police force is a major concern in the United States and has shed light upon police injustice. It is a great way to bring the community together to raise awareness and support for each other and the losses of innocent victims to police

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