Police Brutality And Racism Essay

Great Essays
Police brutality and racism seem to be consistently connected to one another. This has become a serious issue in which circumstances have ended violently or even fatally when involving police officers and African American citizens. In 2014, the United States Census Bureau reported that African American people make up only 13.2% of our population. Anyone can become a victim of police brutality, regardless of their race; but statistics show that African American people are being killed by police at more than twice the rate of Caucasian and Hispanic people. It is also considerably more likely for the African American victims in these situations to have been unarmed at their time of death. It is every individual 's responsibility to hold themselves …show more content…
Hinds wrote, "Between 1960 and 1968 police killed 1,188 black males and 1,253 white males in a population in which about ten percent were black. The rates of homicides due to police intervention increased over the years of both whites and blacks, but remained consistently at least nine times higher for blacks for the past 18 years." After learning this, it seems that race does contribute to police brutality being an issue. In recent years, the media has brought a more widespread awareness to the severity and frequency of incidences that occur involving police brutality. The act of law enforcement members mistreating minorities—specifically African American members of society—has commonly been mocked, and normalized. Most of our society chooses to ignore racism, or even deny the existence of racism completely. People seem to believe that racism will just go away on its own if we all just stop acknowledging it. Unfortunately, racism is very real, and is still very prevalent in our society. Ignoring the existence of racism, or claiming to be "color blind," when it comes to race, does more harm than good. Racism seems to be one definite explanation as to why so many police encounters end with an officer using excessive force on an African American individual. Racism is fueled by hate, and decays our morality. This hate causes people to dehumanize certain groups of people, which …show more content…
An assistant psychology professor at UCLA, Dr. Phillip Goff showed examples of incidents that had involved a law enforcement officer using deadly force; the examples showed that 80% of these incidents began after the officers’ masculinity was threatened. Surprisingly, in Dr. Goff’s research, during realistic simulation exercises; threats to the officer 's masculinity were much more "predictive of deadly use of force," than "explicit measures of racial prejudice." Often police officers have been acquitted of the murders of an unarmed African American individuals because the officer claimed that they had felt threatened by their victim, or killed them out of fear. A few examples of these heart breaking cases of a cowardly police officer going unpunished after murdering an unarmed African American individual due to feeling threatened:
Michael Brown, who was killed by officer Darren

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    This next fact shocked me, out of the 100 largest cities 17 of them had higher rates of police killings then the U.S murder rate in 2014. Twenty-nine percent of black suspects were killed and armed, while seventy one percent were killed and unarmed. The final fact that I looked at is pretty sad, only 3 out of the 242 killings so far in 2015, the officer was charged with the crime. After looking at all these facts its just amazing that police officers can be above the law. Police officers, in my eyes, still need to follow the laws.…

    • 1453 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Now we are seeing black communities develop anger towards white people and the fact that so many black lives have been lost by the hands of white officers, we also see that there is racial discrimination even in our justice system making it a corrupt one. All the race related crimes are proof that society has not been able to treat everyone equally and still thinks of their own people rather than trying to focus on everyone as a…

    • 1790 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    Police brutality in the United States has become an issue that has gained the public 's attention in countries across the globe. Police brutality has been defined as the use of any force exceeding what is reasonably necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose. Police officers are entrusted with the protection of their community, although recently they have abused their power as a way to brutally assault often innocent civilians and get away with it. As of April 27th 2015 police throughout the united states have already killed 380 people, with statistics showing that the number of African Americans killed by police in the US is 1 person every 8 hours. Many of these murders were unjust and without reason.Two thirds of all police brutality victims are African…

    • 1351 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The article I chose was a very unique one about the criminal justice system and how they treat people of color. Over the years black and Hispanic people have been harassed, beaten, caged, and killed by so many police officers you lose count. It talks about how statistically black people and white people use and sell around the same number of drugs, but black people will be 2.5 and 5.5 times more likely to be arrested. We only make up 13% of the population so how just is the justice system? Mass incarceration is one of the few things opposing black people besides the unjust murders done by police.…

    • 832 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Traffic stops account for the majority of the public’s contact with police officers. While Blacks, Hispanics and Whites are stopped by police at the same rate, racial disparities occur after the stops” (Slagle 12). Out of the hundreds of millions of drivers on today’s American highways, law enforcement tend to search people that they find suspicious of criminal activity. The African-American community is stereotypically labelled as people suspicious of crime. Though African-Americans, Hispanics, and Whites all have a likelihood of getting pulled over by the police, African-Americans are commonly known to be the pursuit of police because of this particular stereotype.…

    • 1356 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Great Essays

    Police Brutality Effects

    • 1571 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Several incidents have been reached on how several policemen has abused and mishandle their powers and consequences are limited. The justice system is definitely against the black tribe and there is no justice being served for any of the outrage misconduct that these police officers are doing. The law will always feel as if police officers are right and often their side is taken. It is proven that the African American community does not trust police officers, because policemen target those of color even when one is not doing anything…

    • 1571 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Of course all lives matter, we see blacks getting victimized more so we feel irritable toward the situations. Yes, white cops are unexplainably taking the lives of black people but most of time we give them reason that wasn’t caught on tape. About half or less of the people saying black lives matter has either taken a black life, harmed a black individual, or witnessed it in some kind of way. White cops just like taking the black lives because they’re racist everyone is saying. All white cops aren’t racist, when in fact majority of the time we give reason for a reaction from them.…

    • 1246 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    There are far too many death by police officers in this country. Names that have been listed in the opponent’s argument are only a handful of people who have been killed by the police. The Black Lives Matter movement is a step into change, showing people what is happening in the U.S. and even in our communities through protests, events, and the media. Even though I am not African-American, it hurts to see people treated this way. There are people in my community experiencing discriminatory policing and it may not be affecting me personally, but this is still happening in my community and it still affects me in some way.…

    • 1653 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    This helps prove that unarmed blacks are being killed more over whites, surprisingly to some more than other minorities. When The Guardian states “twice” helps emphasize that black are being killed more when they are unarmed. Black men also make up a pretty large amount out those being killed due to police brutality. Furthermore, The Guardian also states, “Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths... Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age” (McCarthy and Laughland). This further proves that police brutality is racially motivated because even though black men only make up two percent of the US population they account for fifteen percent of all deaths on the use of deadly force which is five times more than white men.…

    • 1089 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    These questions are worth thinking about. However, the real question is, why police are brutal and how can we link it to structural racism? Also, what are the increased odds of African Americans or any other ethnicity to encounter the brutality of police? How race/ethnicity affects treatment by the criminal justice system? Harsh Judgements As you are the director of the Civilian Police Review Board I…

    • 1268 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays