Shortly after, a statement was released that the officer Timothy Lehmann was deemed unfit to be a cop and should be charged with the murder against Rice. People use the statement “Black Lives Matter” because they believe African Americans are clearly being mistreated (many consider/call this racism) from a police brutality perspective and in our court system. Julia Craven, writer for The Huffington Post and a supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” statement says, “When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise (“All Lives Matter”). Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. Officers are provided the unrestricted
In “Racial Profiling”, Jost states that minorities, including President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, feel profiled and judged based on the color of their skin while at traffic stops (1). All races have the right to be protected by officers, however African Americans and other minorities are more likely to be arrested because of their race. Police officers show no intent of protecting minorities, but instead they have been removing them from the streets. Many police officers rely on stereotypes and assumptions when targeting a suspect, and they use the assumptions when giving minorities their punishment. To police officers, minorities are dangerous, and a threat to society.
Despite the civil rights victories of thirty years ago, racial prejudice is still reflected throughout the criminal justice system. Police started using this racism to clear neighborhoods of drug related offenses caused by African-Americans. The use of race to determine which ... ... middle of paper ... ... more drug arrests and are partly to blame for this. There are many effects of racial profiling that police use as an excuse to demonstrate racism against minorities. These racist acts often leave everlasting effects on people in horrible ways and sometimes leave them struggling for their lives.
The excessive force used by the police specifically towards African Americans is continuous; with the justice system doing close to nothing to change that. This is one of the reasons they continue to kill and harass African Americans. According to Propublica, young black males are about twenty times more likely to be shot and killed by the police than their white peers are. Murderers are walking free, and innocent lives are being taken. Over the past couple of years, thousands of people have been killed on the hands of the police, both black and white.
Opposing arguments: Police brutality is one of the main issues that BLM in concerned with. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and several others are examples of individuals BLM claims have been wrongfully killed by the hands of law enforcement. These individuals were supposedly innocent and therefore killed unjustly. Black suspects are more likely to be shot due to the fear of being in possession of a weapon. In addition, they believe inequality exists in regards to white verse black police shootings based off of racism.
This is a result of many believing and not simply just African Americans that black lives are being targeted more than any other race. In certain situations this is true according to The Washington Post “unarmed black men are 7 times more likely to die by police gunfire”. This would make a person who’s advocating for Black Lives Matter have a point to get upset about phrases like white lives matter or all lives matter. Race appears to forever become an element once it involves police brutality. When an African American is killed by a white police officer it almost always seems as it gets additional attention then when a Caucasian is killed.
This is not only morally unacceptable, but also completely unconstitutional and needs to stop promptly. With proper legislative action this injustice can and will be righted! Racial profiling is defined as “The practice of substituting skin color for evidence as grounds for suspicion.” In Layman’s terms, racial profiling is when police officers stop, search, and arrest more people of one minority race that a majority race. Typically, American Latinos and African-Americans are among the main targets of racial profiling, mainly caused by decades of stereotypical beliefs that most “gangsters” and other criminals are of one of these two races. Since the disaster of 9/11 and the wars in the Middle East, Arabs and South Asians have become much more likely targets of racial profiling, especially with airport security and in major cities.
The officers were acquitted of use of excessive force and abuse. This started riots in Los Angeles that rocked our country. This was the beginning of a stigma and stereotype that would be placed on all police officers. The stigma was that Rodney King was brutally beaten because he was black. The media portrayal of incidences across the nation since 1991 only heightened the stereotype.
Many members of minority groups across the nation have been claiming that police often use traffic violations as a pretext to stop a vehicle to investigate other possible crimes, such as drug and/or weapons violations, particularly African Americans, have long complained that the police, especially in suburban areas, stop them. For example, one of the scholarly articles on this issue states: “The stopping of black drivers, just to see what officers can find, has become so common in some places that this practice has its own name: African A... ... middle of paper ... ...t apparent issues with racial profiling is that it violates the Constitution. According to the Fourth Amendment, American citizens are supposed to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures (Feder, 2). Thus, most cases of racial profiling are violating this Constitution because the race of a person is not a reasonable justification to search someone. In addition, the Fourteenth Amendment states "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Racial profiling has been one of the main causes of the tensions in communities with their police. The officers they believed they once trusted in a community, far from a white police officer and black victim crime, they are now skeptical and thinking, “If they attacked a black/white guy for no reason they’ll attack me.” This type of crime also brings up different combinations of racial tensions that were thought to be left behind in history. Racial profiling, as well as profiling based on religion, ethnicity and origin, continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equality. Evidence of widespread racial profiling, shows that African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be stopped and searched by police, even though they’re less likely to be found with illegal possessions or crimes. “Critics argue that under the sole-factor definition, a hypothetical officer who routinely stops African-Americans for rolling stops or obscured license plates but does not stop Whites for the same infractions is not technically engaging in racial profiling because a reason other than race can be used to justify the stops” (Protecting Civil Rights 159).