Michael Brown Argumentative Essay

Good Essays
On August 9th, 2014, Michael Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking in the middle of the street when they were approached by a police officer by the name of Darren Wilson. With there being altered stories explaining what happened next rather than choosing one side of the story we can agree that an altercation occurred and it led to the unfortunate death of eighteen year old Michael Brown. Because of the differing stories and videos online, I will not focus on whether I feel like the killing of Michael Brown was justified, but whether the process to indict/or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was justified and not flawed. Beginning as soon as you read the table of contents of the DOJ report on the Ferguson Police Department …show more content…
The DOJ provides multiple occasions where the Ferguson police department violates the 4th amendment, but the one that caught my attention the most was the incident in July of 2013. The DOJ describes the incident as racial discrimination and unlawful detention (2014, p. 17). The report articulates that the Ferguson police officers ran into an African American man while they were in the process of coming to arrest another person. Instead, the police officers arrested the man they ran into in the parking lot and ran his record without any reasonable suspicion. The man turned out to be the original arrestee’s landlord and even after the cops arrested him, the landlord helped the cops find the person they came searching for from the beginning. The man later field a complaint stating that he was racially profiled, but the police department back their officers actions and argued that “the detention as “minimal” and pointing out that the car was air conditioned (2014, p. 17). According to the constitution, the police had no right to arrest the man because the 4th amendment protects all citizens from unreasonable search and seizures. The only logical explanation of this man’s arrest was that he was arrested because of the color of his

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Mistaken Identity Analysis

    • 1311 Words
    • 6 Pages

    What Will is not directly saying is the police will see one thing and hear one thing; you are black and everything that comes out of your mouth is a lie. Carlton who has no experience with the police, tells Will he’s pre-law and knows exactly what to do, but when the police officers interrogate, Will gives broad answers while Carlton gives detailed ones. Carlton believes the police officers will let them go by telling the truth and their social status, but is turned around when the police officers accuse them of stealing the car. Once they’re bailed out of jail, Carlton tells Will the police were just doing their jobs and if they had only brought a map they wouldn’t have been put in jail. Will reveals to Carlton his single…

    • 1311 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The same library that was located near the high school they went to. Those who believe Adnan is guilty would argue that the police would have already interviewed Chris and disregarded his story because it didn’t match up with Jay’s and the state’s timeline, making it untrustworthy. However, Chris wasn’t interviewed by the police, even though the cops knew Jay had told Chris about Hae’s murder. If the police had interviewed Chris about what Jay had told him about Hae’s murder, the jury would have seen how inconsistent Jay’s…

    • 1284 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Reyes gives specific details to the crime that the police department did not know. The five teenagers were released after the suspect confessed his crime. The interesting part that the police department collected DNA at the crime scene, in which never matched to any of the accused, but it matched to Reyes. However, the police officers did have the DNA evidence that could prove they were innocent, but the system judge them as guilty. New York Police Department were in pressure by the government because a white women was rape by a black male.…

    • 837 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The death of Freddie Gray, a victim of police brutality, set off riots and protests. The reason is because it showed the reality of the harassments African-Americans face every day and how the actions of police were not held accountable. Author D. Walkins wrote in the New York Times shortly after Gray’s death that, it was not only Freddie. Walkins grew up in Baltimore and that he himself, and many others knew stories of a similar situation. He said, ”To us, the Baltimore Police Department is a group of terrorists, funded by our tax dollars, who beat on people in our community daily, almost never having to explain or pay for their actions."…

    • 1653 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    After a few pages of introduction of the case, Stevenson mentioned about how when McMillian was arrested and accused of the murder that the only thing that they had on McMillian was not evidence from the actual crime, not an eye witness but just solely arrested him just because he was an African American. An African American who was involved in an affair, which lead to the conclusion that he was a dangerous man even though he had no priors. This isn’t a criticism of Stevenson’s book but of the criminal justice system now and back then. That really sparked an emotion that created anger and confusion for me because I still don’t understand why people go out of their way to accuse the wrong man. Wasn’t the entire point of the way that the criminal justice system was setup is so that people black and white could get a fair chance in court?…

    • 908 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Racism In Social Media

    • 1450 Words
    • 6 Pages

    “I can’t breathe” and “Black lives matter” are just two of the phrases being echoed across the country during protests against police brutality and racism. The country, and media, blew up after Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot black teenager Michael Brown, was not indicted on November 24th. Though facts about this case are uncertain, there has been a national outcry about the racism that still runs rampant in our society. In the case of Eric Garner, a 43 year old black man who died while being held in a chokehold by a police officer, the evidence is there. Garner cannot breathe, and he states this.…

    • 1450 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This statement implies that zero-tolerance policing is what caused a specific cop to act over aggressively towards Eric Garner, and kill him. Yet, looking back at the original premise for broken windows policing, nothing was said about being over aggressive, but it did essentially say to arrest the man illegally selling cigarettes so that others don’t think it is ok and snowball onto worse crimes. Howell also provides statistics, saying that there were almost 200,000 more non-felony arrest made in 2014 than in 1989, and that the revenue…

    • 2113 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Even with that stated, I still question if we are receiving the complete truth. On August 9, 2014 at 11:51a.m., 911 had record of a robbery. 10 minutes later Officer Wilson spots a person in the near vicinity and stops him and his companion for walking in the middle of the street. Michael Brown would later be identified as a suspect in the robbery. Four minutes later a second police officer arrives on the scene, and Michael Brown is dead.…

    • 1534 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    He was able to evade police officers as they did not find him themselves nor did it appear to be that they were going to be able to arrest Conrad for his crimes. The police arrested an innocent man because he resembled what Conrad’s mask appeared to look like. As in the Seattle times reported, six out of the seven bank tellers wrongly identified this man as the culprit. The blame can be placed on the mask, but the truth is, the man did not commit the crime, yet these six people had chosen that he was the man who did it. While reading the Seattle Times article on the case, I saw that this wrongly accused man remained in jail until Conrad’s girlfriend had alerted the police of Conrad’s crimes.…

    • 802 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    White Police Cases

    • 1225 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Louis Missouri. On August 19, 2014, he was accused of stealing energy drinks and pastries. The officers shot him and killed him 15 seconds after arriving at the scene. The police claimed that Kajieme approached them with a knife, but a surveillance video showed he never came as close as they said and he had no weapon in his hand. Dante Parker was a 36 year old African American who was accused of attempted burglary.…

    • 1225 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays