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.
26 of those executions were in 2007. Obviously by this information it shows that states are doing what is right to show their criminals to think twice whether they should commit the crime or not. A rather interesting fact is that 57% of inmates executed were white rather than black. Blacks are often commit more murders than whites but still whites are put to death. The reason is that blacks often commit small murders while whites commit large scale murders and sometimes a massacre.
Racial profiling is targeting an individual based on their racial characteristics, minorities are affected the most by this. Most of the officers‘ excuse to police brutality is that the suspect fits the description or they thought the person had a gun. For example, in 1999, Amadou Diallo was shot 19 times by plain clothes police officers when was reaching for his wallet. Diallo was an unarmed man who had no criminal record. The officers believed that Diallo matched the description of an armed serial rapist.
Whether police brutality is increasing in the United States. Short Answer: Yes, police brutality is increasing the United States. According to, Police Brutality is Getting Worse and Shows No Signs of Slowing Down, there were 804 Americans killed by police officers in 2014 and at least 865 Americans killed by police in 2015. So far in 2016, there have been 896 deaths reported to, The Guardian’s Police Killing database. The 896 reported deaths were all Americans killed by the police.
Professors James Wright and Peter Rossi conducted a study that included 1,800 inmates over the subject matter of armed citizens. When comparing the shootings by police to the shootings by citizens, criminals are far more likely to be shot by citizens than by police officers. Eighty-one percent agreed the “smart criminals” will try to find out if a potential victim is armed. Seventy-four percent felt that burglars avoided occupied dwellings for a fear of being shot. Thirty-four percent of “handgun predators” were scared off or shot at by armed victims.
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.
A police Officers job is to serve and to protect but that’s hard to believe when there is a new story almost everyday about someone being killed by an officer. One of the consequences could simply be that they receive more jail time. I feel as if giving an officer up to only one year in jail, gives other officers the impression that this senseless act of violence or killing, is ok. Receiving more jail time is not just seen as another form of justice that any other criminal receives, but its also a form of justice for the victim and even the victims family. A black man can go to jail for over 10 years for possession of marijuana while a police officer who was the killer of another back man is walking the streets free.
Under some difficult situations, police officers would have to make quick decisions based on the assumptions from their past experience and historical crime data. The conservative supporters believed that police officers were not engaging in racial profiling, but merely focusing on the race with high crime rates. For the case of George Zimmerman, supporters pointed out that “Trayvon was not killed because he was black. He was shot in self-defense because he repeatedly punched and smashed Mr. Zimmerman’s head on the pavement” (Kuhner). These cases regarding police brutality and racial profiling have made the front page of many news articles and news channels.
Owning a concealed weapon can be the difference between life or death Many people fear the idea of other people carrying a gun legally in public places. Imagine if you were attending Virginia Tech the day that Seung-Hui Cho savagely massacred all those innocent souls, wouldn't you wish that you or someone close by had a concealed weapon? If some person had a legal concealed weapon on them they could have put an end to the biggest school shooting in the United States. Take a minute to think about this. “Concealed-carry permit holders have better safety records than police officers, and more criminals are killed by citizens defending themselves than are killed by law enforcement” (Huntwork, David M.).
In the videos all over the news and internet we have seen numerous cases of innocent lives of black people in the United States being taken. It was found that “nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting” (“Police Killed More”). While about 33% of victims have been unarmed, for some reason these officers’ first instincts were to pull out their guns and shoot. These instincts are likely attributed to these officers’ past experience with violent black criminals; yet, what about their experiences with violent white criminals? Why don’t we hear about innocent, unarmed white lives being taken by the police force?