Police Brutality During The United States Essay

1641 Words Nov 4th, 2015 null Page
Four hundred. This is the number of police brutality cases reported in the U.S. this past year. USA Today estimated that there were roughly two victims that were either killed or severely injured through police brutality on a bi-weekly basis. The number of police brutality events occurring each year have been steadily rising and culminated in the highly disputed killing of Michael Brown last year. Brown was an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed on August 9th 2015 by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. While Wilson claims that brown charged at him in a threatening manner, several witnesses insist that Wilson shot Brown while his hands were still in the air, a sign of surrender. Many people throughout America began to believe the latter side of the story due to the past police shootings. Consequently, protests began to spring out across America in the defense of Michael Brown. The shooting of Brown raised concerns of police brutality in America and how it could be stopped. Even though Wilson was cleared of all charges cornering the shooting of Brown, many people still doubt the innocence of Wilson and protests continue to be held in defense of Brown. However, according to Nick Kasoff, a 49-year-old resident of Ferguson who is currently leading a petition drive called the Ferguson Charter Initiative, "If Darren Wilson had been wearing a body camera that recorded Michael Brown doing what he said he did, none of (the rioting) would have happened."…

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