Police Brutality: Cases Of Nonviolence And Black Power

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From 2010 to 2012 there was 1,217 deadly police shootings. Blacks, ages 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, whereas only 1.47 per million white people were killed at the hands of police officers (Wihbey and Kille). In years following September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina, cases of police brutality spiked. In the 2000s, police departments started using tasers for an alternative to other deadly forces, which caused more than 150 suspects to die after the device was used on them (Wihbey and Kille). The weapons were used with greater frequency on people of color (Wihbey and Kille). Most of the cases, specifically 98 percent in 2005, were denied prosecution. Police Brutality has been going on since 1833 (Ochs,Holona). Given …show more content…
After the death of Martin Luther King Jr., a growing conservative white backlash concerned about law and order stiffened its resolve against further minority demands (Jenkins, Robert L.). During the time of Martin Luther, civil rights became a huge issue that needed to be addressed. A movement started to splinter badly over issues of nonviolence and Black power. All of these issues have seen to be recurring in modern day times. Some of these issues stem from the idea of police brutality and how easily the police officers are getting away with excessive force on minorities. In an instance in 2002, a Dominican man with epilepsy had a seizure right in front of a police officer and instead of helping the man, the police officer suffocated him to death (Farine, Miroslav). This man was a person of color, with dreadlocks, and the officer assumed that because of the man 's look he was a drug addict who was acting violently. Another instance occurred in Staten Island, New York., in the month of July 2014 involving Eric Garner and the NYPD. Garner was killed by the apparent use of a “chokehold” by an officer out of rage (Wihbey and Kille). As the predicament was going on, a bystander took a video that shocked the world. The footage shows Garner with his hands up whispering “I can’t breathe.” A month after that, the case …show more content…
In 2008, “an estimated 1.4% had force used or threatened against them during their most recent contact, which was not statistically different from the percentages in 2002 (1.5%) and 2005 (1.6%)” (Wihbey and Kille). According to the Journalists Resources there were 26,556 complaints lodged in 2002 which translates to “33 complaints per agency and 6.6 complaints per 100 full-time sworn officers” (Wihbey and Kille). One major factor that plays an important role in police brutality were the laws passed in 2004 allowing police officers to use all means necessary to effect arrest, including arrests of unarmed citizens suspected of nonviolent crimes (Ochs, Holona). Approximately thirty states have put this law into effect. The worst thing about all of this is the aftermath of the

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