Making Eye Contact With A Police Officer Essay

1608 Words May 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Making eye contact with a police officer is never a matter of life or death, that is, if you are a Caucasian American living in the United States. In the case that you are an African American, you don’t always have the same luxury. One wrong move and your life can be taken from you in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.’s wrong move was running after making eye contact with officers in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. On the night of April 12, 2015, twenty-five-year-old Gray was unfairly arrested and slammed around in the back of a police van on the account of suspicion for criminal activity. While in police custody, Gray fell into a coma after receiving several spinal cord injuries, and because the officers failed to give him the medical attention that he needed, Gray died just a week after the altercation ("Freddie Gray 's Death in Police Custody - What We Know").
Unfortunately, this is only one of the many cases of police brutality. Just a year prior to the killing of Freddie Gray, seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed after having 16 bullet shots enter his body by Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. According to the official police reports, McDonald was “advancing on the officers in a menacing way and swung his knife at them in an aggressive, exaggerated manner before he was shot and killed.” The officers also claimed that after being shot, “the teen tried to lift himself off the ground with the knife pointed toward the…

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