Police Brutality And The Black Community Essay

1008 Words Sep 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Police brutality occurs when the police uses force that exceeds what is necessary to accomplish lawful police practice. In many cases police brutality comes as a direct result of racial profiling. Racial profiling is the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. Racial profiling directly affects African Americans, as they are presumed to be more likely to commit crimes than Whites, Asians, and any other race. The recent epidemic of police brutality in the black community is a product of racial profiling. Dating back before the civil rights movement, police brutality has had a long history within the African American community. Within the last decade, police brutality concerning African Americans, in particular young African Americans, has risen to the surface once again. Incidents of police brutality have constantly been reported and made public; these incidents have planted a bitter seed in the hearts of the African American community. A mutual lack of trust between African Americans and the police force has been established over the years as a direct result of continuous cases of police brutality which stems from racial profiling. According to a 2009 study of West Virginia, traffic stops African Americans were 1.64 times more likely to get stopped simply because of their race. Between 2005 and 2008, a study of the New York police department concluded 24% of blacks had physical force used against them, compared to 17% of…

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