Police Brutality Essay

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Since the establishment of slavery years ago, the treatment of black minorities has been unrighteous and unfair. The topic of police brutality has come to light in recent years, but it 's always been an issue. With the establishment of organizations like the Black Lives Matter group, people are paying more attention to the facts that surround the shootings of black men by white cops. America is finally opening it 's eyes to the shield it 's fronted to this topic, and people are ready to start talking about the changes that need to be made. Countless numbers of police shootings of unarmed black males have gone mainstream in the media, creating a surge of unrest and distrust for the people men and women should trust most...police officers. Young …show more content…
But, it didn 't just begin in the last 20 years, it began once law enforcement was introduced to communities and cities. A tragic example of police brutality that occurred over 40 years ago is painfully re-told in an essay, which describes the brutal torture of 120 black men in Chicago, Illinois by police officers. The scandal, which occurred in the 1970 's, was slowly uncovered by lawyers and law officials, and exposed the people guilty of the horrific crime. The torture that occurred by police officers in Chicago against African-American men was horrendous, and the essay explains the details surrounding the crimes, as well as the motives for them, and the aftermath. In the early 1970s, a man named Jon Burge, a Chicago police detective, began almost a twenty-year reign of police terror that involved more than 120 "almost exclusively African-American men, who were interrogated at police stations on the South and West sides of Chicago." (Taylor) Burge worked with a unit of all-white detectives, eventually known as the "midnight crew." Their tactics included: "electric shock, simulated suffocation, and mock executions, often accompanied with virulent racial epithets and attacks to the genitals." Their interests were to coerce false confessions from the men that formed the "basis for wrongful convictions and severe prison terms including death sentences in at least ten instances." (Taylor) …show more content…
After the recent surge of deaths caused by police officers, groups like Black Lives Matter have been founded and organized. The B.L.M. movement is working to validate black life, and rebuild the black liberation movement. The statement "Black Lives Matter" is used to broaden the conversation of violence among the states in which black lives are left hopeless and helpless. The statement is also used to bring awareness to the ways in which black lives are "deprived of basic human rights and dignity." (Cullors) Although many Americans, typically conservative Republicans (Mike Huckabee has spoken on this issue), still don 't believe that police brutality is an issue, the facts and statistics are the living proof. "According to the most recent census data, there are nearly 160 million more white people in America than there are black people. White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. This means that black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers." (Lowery) Additonally, numerous amounts of studies over the past two decades have proven that African-American

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