The Consequences Of Police Violence In The Algiers Police Riots

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“This is a racial incident... it represents one simple thing: black people want control of black communities” Rev. Albert Cleage, Detroit religious leader, declared (Cleage 1). In Detroit 1967, racial riots enclosed the entire city. Mobs looted and burned hundreds of stores. The riots spread sporadically. In The Algiers Motel Incident, Officer David Senak explains, “the people [carried] gasoline cans into stores and actually burning them” (Hersey 56). The city of Detroit imposed a curfew on the citizens, to keep the safe during the riots. The ferocious riot outbreak lasted from July 23, 1967 until July 27, 1967. As a result form the vehement outbreak, there were many fatalities the fired the black community in Detroit. Thirty-four years later, …show more content…
Police Brutality plays the essential role in The Algiers Motel Incident. Aubrey Pollard, Carl Cooper, Fred Temple and many others were the victims of police brutality. In The Algiers Motel Incident, Hersey states “It is by now…clear that the killings in the Algiers were not executions of snipers, looters, or arsonists caught red-handed in felonious crimes in the heat of a riot” (Hersey 246). Furthermore, Hersey concludes, “but rather that they were murders embellished by racist abuse, indiscriminate vengeance, sexual jealousy, voyeurism, wanton blood-letting and sadistic physical and mental tortures characterized by the tormentors as ‘a game’ “(Hersey 246). During the Algiers Motel Incident, three colored men were killed and the rest were all beaten down so severely they had to go to hospitals. As Robert Greene testifies, “One police officer pulled out his blackjack. He beat one colored guy to the ground” (Hersey 217). In the Cincinnati ‘01, police brutality ignited the beginning of the ’01 Riots. Officer Roach was acquitted with killing Timothy Thomas. The Officer, Roach, “ran after Mr. Thomas with his finger on the pistol 's trigger, in a departure from the training of the Cincinnati Police Department” (“Nytimes.com” 1). That was not they only killings the police had committed during the riots, in the past six years, fifteen colored men and no white …show more content…
In both incidents, many believe it was racial distrust and segregation that caused the brutal attacks against the innocent victims. However, blacks also have racial distrust against the white police officers. After African-Americans found out of the death of Timothy Thomas, “within 24 hours, the anger and mistrust the African-American community felt towards its police exploded on the streets” (Larson 1). Cincinnati police were accused of being racist by pulling over lots of black drivers for suspicions. Terry Thomas believes that many of the police officers pull him in and his brother “because they are black and, he says, police view them with more suspicion” (Larson 1). Furthermore, Racial distrust and segregation can be found during the Detroit ’67 riots, as well. Robert Pollard asserts, “If it had been the other way around down there at the Algiers…colored policemen killing white boys, I don’t think [the police officers would] get off! Because there are so many white people that’s prejudice”(Hersey 170). Consistently, every court trial against Paille, August, and Senak, the officers who killed the three victims, the officers got out of it unharmed. However Mrs. Pollard states, “I will fight this case as long as I got breath in me” (Hersey 332). The three victims were unfairly killed and the police officers being let free, imposed

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