When is Enough….Enough?

From Ferguson MO to New York City, from North Charleston SC to Baltimore Maryland, must we continue to live under deadly assaults from officers that’s sworn to protect and serve? 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.” Injustices what has been taken place all over the country by officers of the law that has been sworn to protect and serve. Due to citizens recording police officers using deadly force in the performance of their duties, it is bringing more light of the mistreatment of African-Americans
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Black Lives Matter, Hands up don’t shoot, and I can’t breath became popular mottos for protesters for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Gardner. Due to the non indictment of police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo some people took anger of the decisions and decided to riot.

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 But what are the things that we don’t know? What are the facts? Most importantly how can we prevent deadly force from ever being perpetrated on citizens preferably minorities. Throughout researching this topic I had the pleasure of sitting down with four different people and getting their perspectives on police brutality. First was Darryl Burke who is a cadet at the Toledo police department in which he says, “Police need more training in dealing with diversification.” This is what he had to say below:

He also says, “There should be more African-Americans on police forces.” Adding that, “The reason that there aren’t too many on the force is because the distrust of cops amongst African-Americans, and the so called rule of “Stop Snitching” is frowned upon in the African-American community.”

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Many people claim to argue that body cameras are a way to go in ending police brutality, but Yuning Wu begs to differ. After sitting down with professor Yuning Wu at Wayne State University’s department of of criminal justice this is what she had to say about police officers wearing body cameras:

Wu also says that, “It takes a lot of hours to look through every officers camera, in which some officers camera will not be viewed.” She also says that, “We should focus on additional training that should be assigned to police officers to handle certain situations, that may be a better result.”

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According to the CATO institute  National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) it says that in 2010 there were 3,814 reports of police misconduct. Adding that $213,840,000 were settled in civil cases. Another person I had the pleasure to sit down with is Wayne State police Lieutenant David M. Scott, who gave me the perception of excessive force from a police point of view in the video below:

Lieutenant Scott says, “As an officer of the law, I believe that any officer that uses lethal force in a unjust matter should be scrutinized.” He also says that, “Being an officer is not an easy job anything can happen, but when it comes to shooting people in the back when they are running away, then without question they deserve to be punished.” Adding that “I don’t think race should be an issue, lets throw race out of it, we need to look at situations like these as a life taking a life not a white man taking a black man’s life.”

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Wayne State University professor Ronald Brown who teaches sociology says that, “Race has a lot to do with police brutality.” He also mentions that, “As much as it is about race, the root of the problem is the lack of opportunity that African-Americans preferably African-American males that aren’t granted to them.” He describes in this clip below:

Time after time there has always been a problem between minorities and police officers. Throughout time we have also witnessed civil unrest amongst citizens who disagree on how police officers conduct themselves amongst minorities. Throughout American history this have been a problem and will always be one unless we stop looking the other way and address this issue head on. Lets not use the word thug but use the word peace.

Additional Information on Police brutality:

Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality:

http://detroitcoalition.org

Additional statics of police brutality: http://www.copblock.org/2841/police-brutality-statistics/

An additional statics article about police brutality: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/police_brutality?utm_campaign=non+brand&utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=bing&utm_term=police+brutality+statistics

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