Fundamental Freedoms And Privileges Of The United States Essay

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Fundamental freedoms and privileges are guaranteed to Americans by the constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, for many it feels as though they are only allowed to reap the bare minimum of these fundamental civil liberties. Those that are shortchanged are often those of a different race, gender, or sexual orientation and are penalized for being who they are. More specifically, in police shootings and brutality there is an apparent trend in the victims of these unfortunate events. On average, black Americans are three times more likely to be killed by the police, yet 30% or black victims were unarmed in 2015 compared to 19% of white Americans (1). In particular there was one incident that seemingly became the inciting incident for change when it comes to police brutality against black Americans. On August 9th 2014 Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer out of Ferguson, MO. This altercation became infamous over night, bringing to light the racial disparity when it comes to police brutality, primarily with Black Americans. This incident, lead to weeks of protesting and rioting, which in turn created sent Ferguson into grounds of chaos and protesting. USA Today published an article that details the riots in a time line that shows the severity of the riots that engulfed Ferguson. The beginning of the time line starts with all schools being cancelled due to lack of safety, and continues to include death…

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