The Consequences Of Police Violence In The Civil Rights Movement

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In 2015, nearly one thousand, one hundred and thirty-four African Americans were killed from the result of police violence. Police brutality is the use of excessive force used by law enforcement. It creates negative consequences like the distrust of police officers, creation of hostility between police and ethnic groups, and psychological effects on the victims. The birth of this term can be coined before the Civil Rights Movement with beatings, unwarranted arrests, and the deaths of protestors. One of the biggest problems with this issue is how the law system has and will not taking responsibility for these deaths and injuries and how little has been done to prevent the use of unnecessary action. Police who use this excessive force need to …show more content…
For example, like with the Civil Rights Movement, young black children seen the brutality first-hand, growing up with the memories of their friends, family, or strangers being discriminated, beaten, forcefully arrested, and in some cases, being killed on the streets. These memories grow into hatred or distrust of police, teaching their children and grandchildren to be cautious around those who are sworn in to protect. To add to, when young children are “exposed to police violence [they] may develop a negative perception of law enforcement and the criminal justice system” (Dennis 817). This doubt of police is life-long with minorities, seeing the brutality on the news or first-hand only adds to the misgivings. The discrimination of minorities from police officers is the main cause of the distrust, when black people are assumed to be criminals. This is seen when a twelve-year-old boy playing with a toy gun was shot and killed five days before Thanksgiving. The description of Tamir Rice was: black male with a gun, two officers arrived and taking excessive force to take down the young man (Nuwer). When this subconscious discrimination and excessive force is taken, the officers should accept the consequences of their unnecessary action and be taught to not predetermine a situation that can potentially do harm to others and

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