Essay on Racial Profiling And The Black Community

1049 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Police brutality occurs when the police use force that exceeds what is necessary to accomplish lawful police practice. In many cases, police brutality comes as a direct result of racial profiling. Racial profiling is the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of committing a crime or an offense. Racial profiling directly affects African Americans, as they are presumed to be more likely to commit crimes than whites, Asians, or any other race. The recent epidemic of police brutality in the black community is a product of racial profiling. Dating back before the Civil Rights Movement, racial profiling has been a recurring history within the African American community. Within the last decade, police brutality targeted against African Americans, young African Americans in particular, has risen to the surface once again. A mutual lack of trust between African Americans and the police force has been established over the years as a direct result of continuous cases of police brutality that stems from racial profiling. A national poll from NBC news showed that only twelve percent of blacks in Baltimore believe that local police treat white and black residents equally (“Bump”). According to a 2009 study of West Virginia traffic stops, African Americans were 1.64 times more likely to get stopped simply because of their race. Between 2005 and 2008, a study of the New York police department concluded that twenty-four percent of blacks had physical force used…

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