Essay on Policing The Lives Of Black And Latino Boys

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Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys Dr. Victor Rios is an award winnings college professor, author and speaker. Dr. Rios provides captivating, evidence-based professional developments to educators about the power of positive quality of interactions in the lives of young people. Rios was hanging out with teenagers on some of the country 's toughest street, in Oakland, California. The police officers threatened to arrest Victor for conspiracy by just hanging out with teenagers. Rios spent three years hanging out with 40 youths between the ages of 14 and 17, most of them had arrest records and gang affiliations. The police officers had a poor opinion of any efforts to understand inner city youths. Police officer were the part of the system that kept the boys under constant watch, criminalized and left them demoralized and angry. He had grown up on Oakland streets and he knew the costs of steeping out of line. One day, when he was 14, an officer “stomped my face against the ground with his thick, black, military grade rubber boot,” he writes. He had joined gangs at 13 , with the promise of protection in Oakland 's drug riddled, gang controlled neighborhoods. He had been pulled over in a car he had stolen. Rios was witnessing beatings, knifings and murders. He was dealing drugs. He served a astring of juvenile- detention sentences. He saw his friend killed by a rival gang member. A bullet to his head. In his book Punished, Rios came up with the research…

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