Police Brutality: The Black Lives Matte Movement

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Sandra Bland, a 28-year woman, dead. Trayvon Martin, an 18 year old boy, dead. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old male, dead. Tamir Rice, a 12-year old boy, dead. These are all cases of police brutality. The “Black Lives Matter” movement was started as a result of this. “Police brutality is, an issue that is big in America currently, defined as the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. “Excessive use of force” means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation.”(“What”) Between the dates of April 2009 and June 2010 there were 5,986 reports of police misconduct and 382 of these resulted in death (Chaney). This was almost 6 years ago now. These cases are causing so many more issues that could be avoided if excessive force was not used.
Sandra Bland was a true believer in the Black Lives Matte movement. Her life was lost under the watch of the police. She was pulled over for not putting her turn signal on and then was addressed for not putting her cigarette out while
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Some would not consider this to be police brutality, however, the Black Lives Matter movement would surely look at this to be police brutality, as an authority figure caused the death of a young African American. The story is said that Trayvon was walking down the street after leaving the convenience store and George Zimmerman, the watchman, reported of an issue on a young black male causing trouble. When reported he described Martin as suspicious with no reasoning behind it. The only judgment he could’ve taken was the color of his skin (Bell). Zimmerman was told to stand down and wait for authority to arrive. He did not follow directions and ended up killing this young man. This situation becomes police brutality because Zimmerman is a free man that took advantage superiority. He took advantage of the system and got away with

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