Justifiable Brutality

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It was a late Friday night when my friend was stopped by the cops for jay-walking. We were on our way to a party and all of Maryland 's campus was out, trying to find a place to hang with their friends. While walking to the party, a loud group of students ran across the street, completely ignoring the oncoming traffic, and ignoring the no walking light on the street corner. One of the girls pointed out a cop car that was posted on the other side of the street and a boy in the group laughed and yelled, “What is he gonna do? Arrest me?” When it was our time to cross the street one of my friends stayed behind to tie his shoe, when he was finished, even though the light said not to walk, he looked both ways and saw no traffic was coming and crossed …show more content…
And this imbalance seems particularly evident amongst the African-American population of the United States. “According to the FBI’s most recent accounts of ‘justifiable homicide,’ in the seven years between 2005 and 2012, a white officer used deadly force against a black person almost two times every week … Of those black persons killed, nearly one in every five were under 21 years of age. For comparison, only 8.7 percent of white people killed by police officers were younger than 21.” (LuLu Chang …show more content…
Some may argue that it is a race problem: John Crawford III was shot in a Wal-Mart after police received a call alerting them that a man with a rifle was walking around the store. Officers arrived on the scene and, after a brief encounter, shot and killed the 22-year-old man. Crawford was holding an air pump rifle—a child’s toy— which was sold at the very store where he was shot while carrying it. How is Crawford’s care one of racism you ask? Ohio is an “open carry” state, which in Ohio’s case, you can possess a firearm without a permit in the most public spaces (like a Wal-Mart) so long as it is fully visible. So even if Crawford were carrying a real, fully loaded rifle, he was in his Ohioan rights to do so, why would that raise any alarms? How could that possibly be a reason for Police to shoot him? To put it simply, in the crudest of terms, it was because he was Black. There have been plenty of other open-carry activists—white open-carry activist—all over the country walking around in public flashing their rifles and pistols and whatever god awful firearms they posses without so much as a police officer reprimanding them let alone confronting them and shooting at them. In the 1970s, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two young African-American men, were shot and killed and 12 others were injured as police attempted

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