Police Brutality

Is racism a factor in police brutality?

Background Information

-use excessive power

-force way beyond needed

-kill for "self-defense"


-James Knight kill unarmed black 18 year old

-Laquan McDonald (17) shot 16 times

-Ferguson: Michael Brown death

Causes

-Racism

-feel like power needs to be used

-usually not convicted

-"Racist assumptions are built into the very foundation of American policing," says William Geller

-"long-ingrained culture that glorifies law enforcement" -James Wolcott

Effects

-riots/protests

-few police in jail

-New York from 977 deaths (1987) to 2000+ (1994) by police brutality

-Van Dyke video not released for over a year

-"41 police officers were charged with murder or manslaughter between 2005 and 2011. In the same time period, the FBI recorded several thousand justifiable homicides" -Taylor Kate Brown

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Conclusion

I believe racism is a huge factor in police brutality. However, it is not the only one. Police feel invincible with their given power. They think they can get away with mistreating anyone because there are no other authorities to run to for protection. Racism causes police brutality because of the discrimination. Most of the American population is white, so, in a trial, the jury is more likely to lean towards what the white police officer claims to be true. These factors contribute to the wrongdoing that is police brutality.

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