Essay on Police And The Black Community

802 Words Nov 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Police and the Black Community

Currently, the actual relationship between the African American community and the United States police is going through a bad time. The reasons for that recent civil disorders in the United States are police brutality and the discrimination acts against black people. While the election of Barack Obama as president had seemed to be a new era in American race relations; the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, made clear that nothing had changed. Many African American communities allege that the police routinely use excessive force against members of minority populations (Wintersmith, 1974). During the last years, the grotesque and routine police violence against African Americans has provoked several civil problems like the great Los Angeles riots. The protests against these police killings have taken the form of movements to reform police practices and change the nature of police training, as well as the treatment of people in order to avoid acts of racism and discrimination, especially to black people. One cause of this bad relationship between African American and the United States police is racial profiling that is being practiced by the police. However, to understand the cause of this racial profiling, we have to go back to the years 1645-1864 when African people were slaves, and, therefore, they were treated as a minority class by white people who showed…

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