Police Brutality Racism

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Police use their rights as a police officer as a way to overpower people. Police use their rights as a police officer to overpower people, to be specific African Americans, and treat them any way they are pleased. For example, an African American might be driving in a very nice, brand new, expensive car with the windows tented. A police officer pulls them over and asks them to see their license and registration. He also asks if they will step out of the car so he can search the car. The African American says no and the police officer gets violent, slamming the African American against the car and putting his hands behind his back. The police officer might have had the thought that the African American was selling drugs or doing something illegal …show more content…
Chaney and Robertson explain that “Negrophobea results in whites shooting/ harming an African American because of stereotypes” (483). Negrophobea is a fear of being victimized by blacks and scholarly researches have revealed that blacks are more likely than whites to make complaints regarding police brutality. (Chaney and Robertson 483). This sounds like an act of racism or discrimination but it is much more than that. Racism is defined as an ideology, or belief system, designed to justify and rationalize racial and ethnic inequality and discrimination is behavior aimed at denying members of particular ethnic groups’ equal access to societal rewards” (qtd. In Chaney 481). Being assaulted in anyway by a police officer is highly unacceptable no matter the race. It should be stopped but the justice system does not do anything about it. According to Chaney’s studies, “Between April 2009 and June 2015, there were 5,986 reports of misconduct and only 64% of misconduct cases received prison sentences.” (485). That percentage should be raised and until it is police brutality will continue to rise. I agree with Kirschner as he argues that a small proportion of police officers are responsible for most of the abuse, yet these repeat offenders are rarely disciplined or prosecuted. (1). Most police …show more content…
According to the law if a person is pulled over and that person has their windows tented and the police officer says they need to search your car but that individual says no politely and the police gets mad and gets violent, that police officer is in the wrong. They do not have a right as a police officer to touch you. That is how some of the brutality begins because an officer gets angry about something that does not go their way. Now days, African American parents feel they have to talk to their children about what to do when they are in a situation where the police tell them to do something, they should do exactly what the police says or it can and most likely will result in them losing their life or something bad happening to them. They feel that is the conversation they need to have with their children instead of talking about other things that are appropriate to talk about with younger children. This is not something white parents worry about or hurry to talk to their children about. It is important for the African American family because as Chaney said “there is an extensive body of literature which suggests that black males are viewed as the ‘prototypical criminal’” (482). It is more dangerous for African American males because police see them as dangerous people. This is why there is a higher rate of blacks who are being assaulted and imprisoned. In an article its reads “The

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