Police Brutality In Black Lives Matter

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In the United States, every eight hours an American Citizen is killed by police. From May 2013, over 3,136 people have been killed by the police. In 2014, 1108 people were killed by police. In 2015, 1,202 people were killed by police officers. While ninety percent of citizens are indicted for killings, police are only indicated one percent of the time. Almost two billion dollars a year from taxpayers go towards police misconduct. Black Lives Matter, is a necessary movement by African Americans, to show the police prejudice and police brutality demonstrated by the United States police force. Black Lives Matter is a movement which was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer was acquitted for killing him. While Martin was visiting his …show more content…
On August 9th, 2014, Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old male, was shot to death by the police officer Darren Wilson. At 11:51 am on this day, a call went out about a robbery, and the dispatcher gave out information to Wilson and where the suspect was heading. As Brown and his friend were walking in the street, Wilson told both young men to stop walking on the street and walk on the sidewalk. Witnesses say, Wilson drove away after being reassured by the men that they would be off the street soon, as they were only one minute to their destination. He then decided he did not want to leave the two men alone, and backed up, almost hitting the two men. While Wilson was in his car, he grabbed Brown by his neck. Wilson then shot Brown, after warning them he had a gun. The friend who was walking with Brown, Dorian Johnson, says Wilson started shooting when Brown would not move to the sidewalk. Johnson also stated Brown’s hands were above his head when he got shot. With the death of Brown, came a protest from people around the country. On the day after Michael's death, a protest occurred near the street where Michael was killed. Police showed up the same night and were in riot gear, rifles, and shields. The following night, the protest continued, and police showed up using tear gas to make the crowd go away. On the fourth night of the protest, rubber bullets and …show more content…
He was six feet two inches tall and weighed a total of 395 pounds. He was known by many in Staten Island, because he sold untaxed cigarettes on the streets. Garner had been arrested two times in 2013 and avoided arrest two weeks before he was put in a chokehold and killed by a police officer. His last words are the famous lines “I can’t breathe,” which attracted a lot of attention by social media. Many athletes including Reggie Bush, Kobe Bryant along with his team the Lakers, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garant and many others before games during warm-ups wore shirts with that exact saying on it, to show support to Eric and his wrongful death. Garner's death was filmed by his friend and became a viral video. Without this video, we may have never known what actually happened at the scene where he died. On the first police report of this incident, it failed to say he was put in a chokehold. The Police Officer was told multiple times that he got Eric Garner, and did not have to have him in the chokehold anymore. He looked up but did not stop. When the EMT’s arrived at the scene, they were disorganized. They did not give him oxygen or a gurney, at first, and had no idea what happened to him. They all believed he was faking it. One person even claims that they believe they did not really even make an effort to save his life. Although the investigation is over, a decision will be made on the fate of the

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