Police Brutality Case Study

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On July 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana a man by the name of Alton Sterling was shot dead by police officers in front of a convenience store. Alton was selling CD’s in front of the convenience store when a homeless man approached him begging for money. It is reported that Alton said no to the man’s request and showed the man a gun that he was carrying. Police were called to the scene when the homeless man reported that a man selling CD’s in front of a convenience store had just threatened him with a gun. Police arrived to the scene and it was there that Alton Sterling was shot dead within seconds of their arrival. A few bystanders recorded the killing on their cell phones to upload it on the internet to show the injustice killing…show more content…
After watching the video several times I can’t find anything that Sterling was doing wrong. He got permission from the store owner to sell his CD’s in front of the store, he was not resisting arrest, and he was alleged to have a gun, but he did not seem to be any threat to the officers. So why was he shot? When officers are trained they are trained to kill, but only if they feel they absolutely have to. For example; if they find themselves in a position where they feel shooting is the best option, but here that wasn’t the case from my perspective of watching the video the officers don’t seem to be in any life threatening…show more content…
It’s because as Black people we feel as though the same thing keeps happening over and over again and there is still no change. We want to make our voices heard. Not just for Black people, but against police brutality in general, and anyone that has ever been racially targeted by a police officer. My condolences are with the family of Alton Sterling. I hope that his case will continue to bring awareness to police brutality and that we as citizens of America will come together and realize that something is truly wrong within our justice system, and will work together to help solve this issue, so future generations do not have to deal with this as their reality. We have come so far as a society, but we still have a lot of steps to keep taking forward to prevent this from happening. I wish it could’ve ended differently for Mr. Sterling, but I see it as a wake-up call to the people of America, if they want to see a change in their
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