Racial Injustice In America

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In 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told America that the Negroes of America were not free. The chains and shackles that the white men put on them were removed, however they were still not liberated from the racial discrimination and injustice. The “I Have a Dream” speech opened the eyes of many and was the start of the path to racial equality. 50 years later, America still faces racial injustice. Police brutality towards African Americans and other people of color is very evident in today’s society. In 2004, an unarmed Florida A&M football player named Johnathan Ferrell was shot ten times after being stunned by police officers only for approaching them. In 1991, LAPD officers surrounded a construction worker, Rodney King, and proceeded to …show more content…
Louis officials, Brown was the one who attacked Officer Wilson. When Officer Wilson tried to get out of his vehicle, Brown pushed him back in while reaching for his weapon. Officer Wilson shot at Brown from inside his car and Brown ran away. Officer Wilson shot at Brown more times and Brown was killed about 35 feet away from the car. There were allegations saying that Officer Wilson approached Brown and Johnson with the mindset that they stole cigars from a local convenience store. However, it was clarified that Office Wilson did not know about the robbery when he approached the two. The conflicting views of what actually happened has segregated the nation once again. Many African Americans and other people of color want justice for the matter and pleaded that Officer Wilson was persecuted for killing Brown. The Ferguson police want to convince the public that the actions taken by Officer Wilson were not out of …show more content…
The fact that a young African American male was shot multiple times after proving that he was unarmed was what angered thousands of Americans. Brown was a recent high school graduate and still had potential to have a long lasting life. His life was taken away, and for what? This incident is very significant today because police officers are getting with murder. Many instances in the past show that the victims of police brutality were targeted unfairly. According to David Klinger, a professor who studies the use of force at the University of Missouri-St. Loius, police officers are only allowed to shoot under specific circumstances. The first condition is to protect their lives and the lives of an innocent party. The other condition is to stop a suspect from escaping if the officer thinks the suspect commited a serious crime. When Brown turned around to raise his hands, Officer Wilson had no reason to shoot him. The officers that were involved in the cases, including Officer Wilson, were put on administrative leave and were not persecuted in the end most of the

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