Racism And Police Brutality

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Since the beginning and the ending of slavery, police brutality has been strongly incorporated in the African American communities. The beatings, shootings, and the result of rioting has been nothing new against African Americans. The term “police brutality” was first used in America as early as 1872 when the Chicago Tribune reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station. Police brutality can often be defined as the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. If one thinks of the term “police brutality” in relating to African Americans, what may come to mind is names such as “Rodney King”, “Eric Garner”, “Sandra Bland”, “Freddie Gray”. Etc. All of these people were …show more content…
The discrimination of races and the mistreatment mainly against people of color has been nothing but destructive acts. The segregation of black and whites with black people getting lynched, burned and taunted by the KKK, white people and police officers is an abundant history of violence. Even though slavery days are over, the violence against people of color is still ongoing and there are still people who are racist and prejudice. The criminal justice system can broadcast as a big part in racism. For example, black men are nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated as white men. Also, black youth are twice as likely to be arrested for crimes in school as white kids. Racial profiling made by law enforcement towards African Americans have and will always be negative. For some reason, law enforcement has a bias or fear against people of color heavily. Thinking that every black person is dangerous and they feel threatened makes them react quickly, because of their fear, even if that black person is …show more content…
Arguments for reforming the police is very positive. Reforming the police, which can involve redirect training and more equality towards citizens can lower the rate of police brutality. Lowering the rate by teaching the police officers not to be feared as much towards citizens, and not seeing race in a person at first sight. Having all races come together as one for public support for change. The differences that will be made with citizens, differences will be established by law enforcement. Arguments for and against Article 3, Role conflict among black officers, I can say that I am against role conflict. Officers have a sort of a veil that they have to pertain in order to complete their job as a police officer. They have codes and rules that they must follow within their police department. Officers should endure a level of respect for people of color since they are the ones targeted the most. Respect goes both ways as well as citizens respecting as well.

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