Police Brutality And Black People Of Color Mentally And Socially

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In America, police brutality affects and victimizes people of color mentally and socially. Social injustice has become a major issue, which involved the principle of white supremacy vs minorities. The current police brutality that has been occurring is culturally disconnecting ethnicities from one another. According to Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, “…the cultural disconnect is very real; you have the weight of generations of abuse on African Americans,” (Flatow, 2016). For example, over the past four years, there have been countless acts of police brutality. The three key deaths of Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling have become the face of police brutality in the year 2016. People knew that it was unequal treatment of black people by police in the United States and they made it known by creating #BlackLivesMatter. A key figure in the black lives matter movement was Eric Garner and his tragic, unexpected death from police brutality. Eric Garner was known for his last words “I can’t breathe” because he was choked to death by police officers. He was put into a chokehold position during his arrest. Eric was approached by the officer because the officer says that he was selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. Eric told the officer that he wasn’t selling cigarettes, then the officer took it in this hand and arrested him. According to Al Baker, Eric Garner’s death “…was the start of a succession of police killings that captured national attention and ignited debate over race and law enforcement” (Baker, 2015). Another example of police brutality is Philando Castile because he was an innocent man and killed for no apparent reason, which made an apparent cultural disconnection. Philando ... ... middle of paper ... ...ice officer is to protect the people with the laws and enforce them, not hurt the people. For all the African American women and men that have been killed by a police officer should be brought to justice. However, this is not the solution to the problem of police brutality in America. The solution to police brutality is the proper training and certification of police officers, so they understand how to handle various situations without using lethal weapons. For instance, Moore states that “extensive training for several weeks in patrol and observation, narcotics activities and community relations” (Moore, 2010) will lead to the solution of police brutality. Also, in order to dissolve the police brutality in America, America must recognize race as more than just one complexion and accept that people of color shouldn’t be dehumanized, but equal to their counterparts.

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