Police Brutality Protecting Or Neglecting

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Police Brutality: Protecting or neglecting? Police officers have always been viewed as peaceful protectors. When a person is in danger or in need of assistance, the first number to dial is 911. However, the police have become more of a threat than a comfort due to their racial profiling, excessive use of firearms and their inability to make rational decisions.
In the past year, American’s have seen many incidents where an officer has shot an unarmed black man for no apparent reason which has prompted the “black lives matter” movement. Hundreds of African American’s have been shot, injured and killed by white officers who are supposed to be there to protect them. “Today, we live in an age where police are perceived as a threat. Long gone
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(add in Alton Sterling)Michael Brown and his friend, Dorean Johnson, were walking down the road, a block away from home when an officer approached the two. Although only the two boys and Officer Wilson know what happened that afternoon, there are speculations. There was an altercation between the officer and Brown. Brown was allegedly being pulled into the car window with Wilson screaming that he was going to shoot him. The weapon was fired at Michael which prompted him to run away causing a fight or flight reaction. “The "fight or flight response" is our body 's primitive, automatic, inborn response that prepares the body to "fight" or "flee" from perceived attack, harm or threat to our survival”(????). Michael running lead Officer Wilson to fire his weapon at him second time. ->"And at that time, he turned around with his hands up, beginning to tell the officer that he was unarmed and to tell him to stop shooting. But at that time, the officer firing several more shots into my friend, and he hit the ground and died." Dorean says???s death caused an uproar. Easily one of the most outrageous cases of police brutality because a little girl sat in the back seat as the man she looked at as a father was shot and killed in front of her. Yet another traffic stop turned deadly as officers shot first and thought second. His fiance, Diamond Reynolds recorded the aftermath using facebook live. Philando was shot …show more content…
He spent the afternoon there, pointing the gun at fake people, and sometimes real people. Everyone around there knew him though, nobody was alarmed because they knew it was fake, knew he was a good kid, just playing. Late that afternoon a gentleman arrived waiting for a bus, he did not know Tamir, and he did not know he was a kid. All he knew was there was a guy pulling a pistol in and out of his pants,. He figured it may be fake but he thought it would be better to be safe than sorry, so he called the police to get it figured out. When the 911 operator passed her notes onto the dispatcher she left out that the gun was fake and that it was probably a juvenile, which could have probably saved Tamir’s life. Officer Frank Garmback and Trainee Timothy Loehamm raced to the scene. Upon arrival, the swings were empty, the only person around was sitting on a concrete picnic table, he was not doing anything at all. Tamir stood up and took a few steps around the table. At that point the squad car had not stopped yet, but as soon as it was even with Tamir, Loehmann got out and fired at the young boy. Less than 7 feet away from his killer, Tamir collapsed. He was not given aid and laid bleeding alone for 4 minutes before any help arrived. (cite) The officer in this case was not thinking rationally, nobody was

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