Police Brutality Essay

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Another form of state violence is police use of deadly force. The police “justifiably” killed 343 persons in 2005 (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2012). According to the government data collected from police agencies, this figure is down from the high point during the past thirty years of 462 in 1994. More accurately the numbers could be up to 29 percent higher (Loftin, Wiersema, and McDowall, 2003). In the Bureau of Justice report it notes that 39 percent of those killed justifiably were black, which is more than three times their representation in the population. The vast majorities were young; the modal (most frequent) age was twenty-two years of age. In an earlier report, it was noted that young black males, who made up 1 percent of the total …show more content…
That is a question that many of us ask to ourselves. We want to see a change in the justice system, which African Americans are able to walk in the streets without fear and that police brutality stops once and for all. “There is little reason to expect that such an enduring social dynamic would simply evaporate with the labeling of certain behaviors as discriminatory, the passage of laws making designated behaviors illegal” (Scott, p. 252). During the Civil Rights Movement people did riots and protests, which worked at some point to have equality among all. If every community gets together to fight for what is right and stand against police brutality and racial discrimination we can put a stop to it. The justice system also needs to take into consideration the decisions they make on every case. It is very important that every case no matter the race of the suspect is being treated equally and is not receiving any kind of label. White people should not receive any kind of special treatment when they commit a crime. Young black males need to be involved in programs to show the authorities that they are not a threat to society and that they are actual human

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