Police Brutality: Article Analysis

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No matter what race, ethnicity, and color, every human live matters. We live in a society where people rights, are often times violated. Police brutality has become a major reason for people of color to protest, riot and loot. Black people are often times hold accountable for their actions in response to police brutality. They try to protest peacefully, but the way they are treated converts them into a mob of angry protestors. Johnetta Elzie, a 25 year old protestor and resident of St. Louis, discusses the trauma the community of Ferguson went through after the devastating death of Michael Brown. Protestor’s voices are not heard and the way they are treated and triggered by police officers, makes the peaceful protestors to turn into angry, …show more content…
Police officers often times give protestors reasons to rebel and upraise. Johnetta describes the scene where hundredths of people are peacefully protesting. In addition, she describes the way in which SWAT team was all geared with gas masks, police dogs batons, and guns. I think this aggravates the black community to rebel just because they are already being discriminated as dangerous individuals. Brittany Cooper in her article In Defense of Black Rage Michael Brown, Police, and the American Dream discusses the way in which police officers treat protestors. She explains how police was calling the people of Ferguson animals. But why do they do that? According to Cooper, “those officers in their riot gear, with their tear gas and dogs, want a justification for slaughter”. In my opinion police officers are just trying to provoke the protestants, and want protestants to throw the first punch. Obviously the way police officers are armed and right away angers the protestants and therefore the protestants attack the police officers. When this happens who are the ones being blamed? The protestants of course. I think that often times police officers try to blame those with less power when in reality they are the ones who should be blamed. In the case of Michael Brown’s case, there is nothing to justify the reason why he was killed. If he had his hand in the air, was it really necessary to shoot? …show more content…
Unfortunately many protestants end up in jail and some even lose their lives. It is sad to see the way that police brutality controls police officers in a way that just harms families and communities. Why loot? Why riot? When you are not being treated fairly, looting and rioting is the way to go in order to search for equality. Brittany Cooper in her article also states the necessity of rage in the following way. “Rage must be expressed. If not it will tear you up from the inside out or make you tear other people up”. I certainly agree with this statement because the only way people won’t takeout their anger and rage on other people, is by rioting and destroying their own communities. In addition to this many individuals ask themselves, why do they destroy their own community? Black people rebel this way and end up burning down their own neighborhoods because they cannot go anywhere else. The way they are treated in other places outside their neighborhoods restricts them in many ways and therefore are required to stay in their own community. Of course they do not want to destroy their own community, but in order to get the attention they need to be heard they do not have options. I’m against looting and rioting. Yes, there are other ways to seek for change, however I believe that sometimes those individuals don’t

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