Some people are just starting to realize that these injustices against the black community really occur, while others are well aware. However, the injustices towards African Americans, mainly target black males. However, the false foreshadowings are just examples of African Americans being racially profiled.
Warren Protesters hold a sign that reads "Don't Shoot" as they attend an evening rally Tuesday, August 19,in Tacoma, Washington.
Several hundred people attended the peaceful gathering to show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.
This article is from the Fall issue of The American Prospect magazine. While the election of Barack Obama as president may have seemed to some to herald a new era in American race relations, the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, made clear that one of the venerable flash points in race relations—the police or in the case of Sanford, self-appointed police killings of young black men—is very much still with us.
During the past half-century, police violence against African Americans—at once, both grotesque and routine—sparked two great Los Angeles riots and other instances of civil unrest. In recent years, the protests against these police killings have taken the form of movements to reform police practices and change the nature of police training, as well as the composition of the police forces themselves.
These movements, however, have yet to engender a nationwide call for police reform. Jamelle Bouie, a former writing fellow and staff reporter at the Prospect, is a staff writer at Slate covering politics, policy, and race. And not just the protests and the demonstrations, or the broader specter of police militarization.
In all of my writing and speaking on the events there, I keep coming back to the experiences of the young men and women I spoke to. Everyone—everyone—could recall a recent encounter with the police, and almost everyone could point to a friend, or a cousin, or a spouse, or a sibling who was harassed by law enforcement.
Even knowing the racial disparities in police contact, it was astounding to see, in person, a community all but occupied by police. How normal is all of this? Compared to ten or fifteen years ago, are we looking at a worse relationship between young black people and police, or is this—as bad as it is—an improvement over the past?
In fact, I tend to think that the broader response to Ferguson and similar events would be different if the faces of the unrest were women. What are your thoughts? When I was a young man, it was Rodney King. When I was a young professional, it was Amadou Diallo. The sad fact is that this problem will not get better by itself.
We must be both more aggressive and smarter in our advocacy. The situation in Sanford, Florida, improved because activists insisted on justice for Trayvon Martin and also insisted on a reorganizing of the police department, including firing the police chief.
In a broader sense, if we want to change the situation across the country, we need to be focused on removing not only officers with patterns of racial abuse, but officers who are abusive, period.
While it may be interesting to talk about the odd Klan member on the police force in a small Southern town, the much greater and more immediate problem is that we have too many former schoolyard bullies working as police officers.
We need to be focused on removing officers who have patterns of explicit and implicit bias, but we also need to be focused on ensuring that people who are prone to abusive and violent behavior do not become officers in the first place. We also need to adopt, at long last, meaningful national standards for use-of-force training for all police officers.
While departmental standards vary widely throughout the country, the most common standard is that officers are trained on use of force exactly once in their careers: In England, on the other hand, all officers are trained at least regularly throughout their careers.
Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in August and a second police shooting in St. Louis in early October. One thing I want to zero in on: You could even say firing a weapon represents a failure of training—ideally, the typical officer would never have to unholster his or her sidearm.
Instead, we tend to talk about officer shootings as some inevitable fact of life, like the sunlight or the wind. In fact, we have a national outrage over teacher performance right now, even though teacher failure is likely less pervasive than police shootings.
As with teachers, we need to recruit the right kinds of people. Given the degree to which good policing requires a sound head, this is just astounding.
The same goes for national standards for use-of-force training—we require teachers to get regular certifications, we should do the same for police officers. And yet, plenty of Americans can muster outrage for bad classroom performance, but shrug when it comes to police shootings and bad conduct.
Clearly, many more children are failed by schools every year than are killed by police. And while school failures and police misconduct are both tragedies, they are far from comparable.
At one point in my life I sat with a plus-year veteran of the force after the first time he had to shoot a suspect. This officer was a former Green Beret who had succeeded in not having shot anybody since the Vietnam War.
Watching him react and seeing the toll that it took, I know that his decision to shoot was not one he made lightly. That said, the issue here is a distinct minority of officers who are prone to use deadly force.
He showed that while racism is an important factor, officers can also be influenced by what they perceive to be threats to their masculinity.
In fact, he showed that more than 80 percent of incidents involving police use of deadly force were triggered by this kind of perceived threat.Police Brutality towards African Americans. Akilah Thomas 10 th Grade School of Information Technology at Eastside High School.
Police brutality is a crime that . 60 A linear combination of estimates test indicates the effect of being African American on attitudes toward the police is about 50% larger than being Hispanic, (p.
Personal Interactions: Impact on Attitudes Toward Police; The Media: Impact on Attitudes Toward Police; Ongoing Research; Personal Interactions: Impact on Attitudes Toward Police. Personal interactions have the strongest impact on perceptions. People form opinions of the police based on their own interactions with them or the experiences they hear from trusted friends and family.
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