Essay On Police Brutality Against African Americans

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Police Brutality Against African Americans
Malcolm X, also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, an American Muslim minister, a courageous human, and black rights activist once said, “ I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.” Both Malcolm X and Black Life Matters activist believe that no one should be discriminated based on how they look, such as African Americans. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin ended up being shot and killed by a gunshot to the chest on February 26, 2012, during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was returning from a trip to the convenience store with an iced tea and a bag of Skittles. It was raining,
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This assumption became the root of Martin 's death. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, called 911 to report Martin since he appeared suspicious in the neighborhood. He then gets instructions saying not to get out of his SUV or approach the person. Zimmerman disregarded the instructions and moments later, neighbors report hearing a gunfire.” (“Trayvon Martin shooting”). This quote above depicts how Zimmerman simply assumed Martin was a threatening person based on his attire and race. After Zimmerman reported his suspicion to other cops, he was told to not leave his car, but he disregarded those instructions, and he started following Martin. As Mr. Zimmerman followed Martin, Martin “was on his phone with his 16 year old girlfriend at the time of the shooting. The girl...says she heard someone ask Martin what he was doing and heard Martin ask why the person was following him...the girl then got the impression that there was an altercation in which the earpiece fell out of Martin 's ear and the connection went dead.” (“Trayvon Martin shooting”). Martin was suspected and later shot because he belonged to a race often categorized as criminals. This is racial profiling, a police strategy of stopping and interrogating someone simply because of their race, which is morally wrong. Police are …show more content…
Zimmerman “acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self defense [because] he was bleeding from the nose” (“Trayvon Martin Shooting”). He needed to act in self defense since he became “hurt”. Black people are seen as senseless and violent creature, giving cops to right to discriminate them by stereotypes. Although people might say that the police killed African Americans as self defense and are completely free of fault, their actions toward the white man who opened fire at a black church in South Carolina, killing 9 innocent African Americans, prove them to be racist and unjust. The white man “stood up and started shooting… Nine people were killed, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a church pastor and a South Carolina state senator...Roof, [the shooter], was apprehended at a traffic stop in Shelby, police said. He was taken into custody 5 minutes later” (“sadness, shock following South Carolina”). He was given the chance to be taken into custody and was arrested with the protection of bodyguards, so he could not be harmed. Although he was carrying a gun and could of potentially harmed the police officers, they didn 't kill him as “self defense”, unlike the cases of Brown and Martin who were killed without any possession of weapons. This depicts that the “self defense” act was just an excuse from admitting the brutal actions of our “protectors” toward African Americans.

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