The Consequences Of Officer Smith And Judgement On African Americans

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To begin with, I don’t think Officer Smith had any judgements until she actually walked up to the car, but the female’s appearance did in fact influence her decision making. I say that because not even seeing a firearm in the car, Officer Smith frisked her down for a weapon. Let’s be honest, majority of law enforcement pass judgement on African Americans, especially if they have tattoos and piercings. According to Lawrence N. Blum (2015). “In today 's environment the consequences for error in police performance or executive decision making have become increasingly severe.” The media shows a lot of police brutality against African Americans, so this incident is no different. Did Officer Smith have reasonable suspicion to make the initial stop …show more content…
Reasonable suspicion didn’t occur until after she walked up to the car noticing that the vehicle resembled the killing of a fellow officer. A pat down or frisk is only legal if the officer believes that he/she is armed and dangerous. In this particular case, it could go either way. The pat down could be seen as legal or illegal depending on how you look at it. On one hand, the officer already has in her head that she’s “one of those people that needs to get off the streets” so automatically the officer assumes she’s armed because of the way she looks. NYPD statistics shows that African Americans has a greater risk of being stopped and frisked than any other race. Judge Shira Scheindlin determined that the police appeared to unconstitutionally target minorities. (New York News. 2015) On the hand, Officer Smith did believe that the vehicle was involved in another crime scene so just based of that information alone, the frisk could be seen as …show more content…
Exigent circumstances happen when an officer has probable cause and not enough time to receive a warrant. Since the female sped away in a chase then yes the circumstances did exist. Her fleeing the scene make it seem like she was trying to hide something. No, the gun was not in plain sight, even though the glove compartment was open, it was under documents and was not legally obtained. Admissible evidence is any evidence given to a judge in court in order to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Seeing that the vehicle was not the same car identified in the killing of a police officer nor did the car have a broken taillight, what exactly is the prosecution trying to prove? Both the gun and the baggie of marijuana would be inadmissible in

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