Police Brutality Research

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Police Brutality remains one of the most serious problem in the United States. Police don’t often live by the same laws as citizens but they have jobs which is protecting and serving. Police brutality can turn into a deadly situation. What causes the police to be so brutal? Is it because of a specific race, like being an African American? Is it gender or maybe how suspicious a person looks? According to Hudson (2013) police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extra judicially killed at least 513 African Americans in 2012. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. That’s a lot of killings because of someone skin color. Nat Parry (2014) state that an investigation of the NAAACP into shooting…show more content…
Some might think that blacks pose a high threat, which has been a stereotype for years. Lone Fidell said “I’m a white middle-class professional woman. I enjoy a great deal of privilege. And I certainly have the black crime implicit bias: I am more likely to see a threat in African Americans than I would Caucasians (BBC,2015)”. The Washington post points out that 24 fatal police shootings of unarmed black men make up 40% of all shootings, while black men make up only 6% of the U.S. population. But there has been no report of police shootings and killings of an unarmed black woman. More than 90% of fatal police shootings are men (Krayewski ,2014). A fairer analysis, at ProPubican, found that black males aged 15 to 19 were 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white males in that same age group (Rosenthal, 2015). With all the facts and statistics, proves that more black me are killed by police officers than any other race and gender possibly because of a stereotype that they have. Will a stereotype cause several black men to be killed by police authority? Do they look suspicious because of how they look, act, talk or the color they wear? According to Townes and Petrohilos (2014), 21 people of color and/or mentally ill people were killed by police in 2014. Darrien Hunt from Utah was shot 6 times because someone reported him with a suspicious sword, which was fake; Ezell Ford from California, a disabled 25 year old was shot while lying on the ground because they though he was telling someone to shot at them; Rumian Brishun from Arizona, was shot and killed after an officer mistook a pill bottle as a gun, was some of the people killed because of suspicious acts. How the violence be prevented? Can we stop the

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