Essay on The Black Lives Matter Movement

2233 Words Oct 26th, 2016 9 Pages
In the Summer of 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement came to fruition in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young and unarmed black male. Since then, the movement has demonstrated against other deaths of many black men believed to have been victims of police brutality. Despite the scrutiny behind police practices such as the chokehold and racial profiling, which are both deemed illegal, the police have not changed these practices and instead made them legal under different names such as the “headlock” and the “drug courier profile”. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2014 killings of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the Blue Lives Matter movement was created. Instead of addressing the issue behind the protests, police brutality, they instead focused their attention on changing their tactics at rallies in response to the Dallas Police Shooting in 2016. It is now more apparent than ever that police will not listen to the outcries and will go on the defense of a plainly broken system. This current social schism between the police and the people are caused by over militarized police forces and police brutality, which are caused by federal oversights and manipulation that could be dated back to Richard Nixon’s presidency and those after him.
In 2015, the death of Freddie Gray and other publicized killings of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement resulted in mass protest and subsequent riots…

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