Black Lives Matter, Movement And Police Brutality Essay

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“Black Lives Matter” Movement & Police Brutality As much as the subjects of “Black Lives Matter” and police brutality are getting stale and cliché, unfortunately it is still an issue that will not be corrected by hushed complaints and sweeping under the rug. However, this problem is not brand new; it has only escalated. Racial discrimination began in the times of slavery and has been an issue since—well forever. The discrimination has been toughest on minorities—like the African-American community. Along with the racial discrimination from society itself, some police and law enforcement figures have often abused their power and taken advantage of their place in the majority race. There are countless cases that have involved police brutality from the mid 1900’s and beyond.
Everyone is well aware of the times of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, but these were not the only times police brutality occurred on high levels against blacks. This continued on into the 70’s through the 90’s and even now because even though law says “equality”, society still shows a lack of respect to minorities. According to a website called mappingpoliceviolence.org, in 2015 alone, there have been at least 272 African American deaths due to police brutality. Thirty-three percent of these victims were unarmed and seventy-one percent were non-violent. Out of 240 of the known killings, only 3 officers were charged with a crime. This shows how minorities are put last in justice when it…

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