Police Officers Of The Black Lives Matter Essay

1653 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
“Hands up, don’t shoot.” A popular phrase among the African-American community about law enforcement officers. Regarding the incidents of police officers misusing their authority in several cities and states. Incidents which involved police officers to use extreme or deadly force against people, resulting in a debate and discussion about those incidents. More specifically, about members of the African-American community. Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri, was an unarmed black teenager that was killed by a police officer in August of 2014. This shooting became the attention nationwide along with more law enforcement incidents. In cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, Staten Island, N.Y., etc. have had police questioned but were not charged or not found guilty. This caused the creation of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that originated from a trending Twitter hashtag in response of the shootings and police officers that were not found guilty. Many have argued that the deaths of African-Americans caused by law enforcement officers along with not being punished have been occurring too frequently. Although, others have also argued that these incidents are exaggerated and police officers rarely use excessive force. The question is, do police officers use the proper and appropriate amount of force within their authority in the U.S.?
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) was involved in several shootings around the city. Leading to a federal investigation of…

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