Police Brutality Essay

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Today, every time you turn on your TVs or your social media, it never fails that you will see some kind of video of a police officer brutally beating or roughly handling someone, and most of the time the people are in handcuffs unable to defend themselves against the vial attack that is being bestowed upon them. When you watch these videos ask yourself; “ How are these the people that are supposed to be protecting us”. According to NewsOne.com, since January 1, 2012 , there have been over 30 cases of unjustified murders of blacks under police custody. Some of these cases have been proven to be reported under discriminatory methods. “Of the 30 people killed, 20 were definitely unarmed, 2 probably had firearms. 12 were innocent of any legal behavior …show more content…
It is true that these crimes can happen against anyone, but if you really did your research you would find that the majority of these cases are against blacks. As stated on "Wetheprotesters.org" only 2.4% of whites were murdered, 3.7% for hispanics and 8.2% for blacks in the last couple years. Police officers are under oath to maintain public order and to protect and serve their communities. It is true that the job is stressful by itself and sometimes they can be involved in a dangerous situation that can result into violence but what drives a police officer to actually have the audacity to kill someone. Some cops try to throw in that it was self defense and they felt their lives were being threatened, and 9 times out of 10 they were lying, and social media doesn 't make the stories any better because when you look on the news they try to portray the black victim as being a thug or a hoodlum that needed to be taken down, they never tell the whole story of what took place and even when they have full proof of the officer killing the victim without any reason, they still will try to misconstrue the situation and still make the victim look bad. Think about the 18 year old mike brown from Ferguson, St. louis. All the news reports just showed the events leading up to the shooting. They just showed mike …show more content…
“ The Civil Rights Act provides the protection to those persons wronged by the misuse of power, possessed by the virtue of state and made possible only because the wrongdoer is clothed with the authority of state law”(CivilRightsMovement.net). When people, of every race, are being subjected to the acts of police brutality, it is a major violation of the fourth amendment. As stated before most of the cases that have been reported were initially documented under racial discrimination. There have been many reports for example about blacks being stopped for driving nice cars and it being assumed that they have stolen the car or are drug dealers, using these simple minded assumptions as “reasonable suspicion”. Racial profiling is the most used and reported form of police brutality. Racial profiling is the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime. It is a big violation of the fourth amendment in regards to stopping someone because of the color of their skin. Even though this specific form of brutality occurs everyday nationwide, it 's sad that there 's almost

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