Police Brutality is a very hot topic in today’s world. There are many cases of innocent citizens who are wrongfully murdered or caused pain because of police. The police have a very close-minded disposition and think that they are allowed to cause this harm and get away with it. My project is going to address the history of police brutality and how it all started, the current controversy in today’s world, and how police brutality can be solved so we can put an end to police brutality.
The History of police brutality starts in 1991 when five Los Angeles police officers viciously beat Rodney King after a high speed car chase. The beating was recorded and was shown to the public and the officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon. They were going to have the trial in L.A, but they couldn’t with all of the publicity. They decided to move the trial to a more quiet area. The jury consisted of 10 Caucasians, one Asian, and one Hispanic. There were no African Americans in the jury and this caused a lot of uproar.
One year later in 1992 the riots started because of the police being acquitted. Fifty people were killed, 2,000 were inured, and over 9,500 people were arrested for rioting. After the United States Department of Justice filed civil rights charges only two of the officers were found guilty. Rodney King was rewarded with 3.8 million dollars for the injuries he had gotten. Ever since 1991 police brutality has slowly gotten worse and worse.
In today’s world police brutality is getting worse each and every year. There are two recent cases that show how much worse this brutality has gotten. In 2014 Michael Brown was fatally shot and killed by a Ferguson officer. This case is very well-known because it sparked nationwide protests. Brown had his hands up and his last words were “don’t shoot”. This was part of the riots and protests as well. People were chanting that phrase during riots and protests. Some people even wore shirts with the phrase on it.
Another case that is more recent was in 2016. Philando Castile was brutally shot and killed in front of his girlfriend and her four year old daughter. Castile told the officer he was licensed to carry a gun and when asked for his ID and registration, the officer shot and killed him. Castile’s girlfriend went on facebook live and the entire scene was posted live.
A big movement known as “Black Lives Matter” is another controversial thing in today’s world. The Black Lives Matter movement was started in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter is a call to to action for a response to the anti-black racism. The current controversy with the phrase is that people believe all lives matter, not just black lives. There also is “Blue Lives Matter” for people who support law enforcement. When people argue that “All Lives Matter” is dismisses the point of the entire Black Lives Matter movement.
There are many ways police brutality can be put to an end. I think one major factor is that racist police should be immediately fired from the force. When a white racist cop commits a crime like all of the many cases, they should be removed from working in law enforcement right away. Another thing I think is important is that good police officers should speak out. Everybody in today’s world is so afraid of police officers that there is a lost respect for them. If the good cops come and speak out, that not only would help stop police brutality, it might also stop all of the police killings as well.
Two other things I think would really help put police brutality to an end is that all cops should be tested for racial bias before getting hired. This way we can know ahead of time if the cop really wants to do this job to help protect people, or if they just want power to use that will go right to their head. Lastly, I think that we should move up the percentage of women working in the field from 12% to 50% because women tend to be more professional and less violent.
Police Brutality is such a hot topic in today’s world. There are so many things we can do to prevent these killings and all of this brutality. It is time we take a step forward and put police brutality to an end.
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