Police Brutality against the Blacks in the United States
PoliceBrutality against the Blacks in the United States
Blackpeople living in the United States are currently on the spotlightthroughout the world because of police brutality. A number of deathshave been reported with black Americans killed by the police whileeven unarmed. In the year 2016, a total number of 258 black civilianswere killed by the police, 39 of them being unarmed, according to areport by CNN. There are a number of races in the United Statesranging from blacks, Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, and the whites.However, the largest majority are the whites, while among theminorities, blacks are the dominant race. Police brutality towardsthe blacks should be curbed to promote integration and reduction ofcrime triggered by racism that is on the rise in the United States.
Thepolice are the law enforcers, however, to the blacks, they havebecome an enemy due to their brutality towards them. Racial traumaexperienced by the victims makes them view the white policemen not asa source of justice but a source of oppression. Many of the blacksstopped by white police according to a study that was published inthe American Journal of Public Health, 78% of them had no any historyof criminal activities. When Black people are subjected to suchtrauma especially by white officers, they result in believing thatall white civilians are against them and as a consequence they easilycommit crimes against the whites. There has been growing reports ofblacks shooting at white officers and civilians in discriminatively,something that everyone is considering as a form of revenge on thepolice brutality.
KendrecMcDade, a teenager of 19 years was shot by a white officer 7 timesdespite the fact that he was unarmed. Ramarley Graham also a 19 yearold, was killed in his grandmother’s bathroom after being chased tothe house by the New York Police Department officers. These deathstriggered protests labelled Black Lives Matter and created dissensionbetween the whites and blacks of all caste. How long will thisproblem run unsolved? And what policies is the government layingagainst racism at all levels? The more this issue goes unsolved, themore it will render the country into just a bunch of strangers livingtogether. No harmony, no peace, and no unity are signs of a failingcountry which no one wants.
Thesolutions to this gigantic problem of police brutality under thecloak of racism goes down to the personal level, that is, to one’svalues. There are a number of formulas the government can use tocontrol the police. First, an officer should serve near his or herresidential area, because it is easier for someone to mistreat astranger than someone of the same neighbourhood. Police officersshould also be subjected to frequent scrutiny of racial biases. Thiswill explain who can and cannot mistreat a black citizen, the onesfound with a probability should be deployed in areas dominated bywhites and vice versa. Again the use of body cameras is a goodtechnique of identifying the daily activities of each officer and thegovernment should put more emphasis on this. Finally, officers whocan tell on their colleagues who are found of racism or mishandlinginnocent black civilians should be motivated and awarded to help killthis vice.
Conclusively,when such solutions are considered and adopted, the nation will be ata better position of cohesion and unity. More so, both the blacks andall other citizens will view the police positively as a source ofjustice and not as an enemy who can be shot at recklessly out ofhatred. Furthermore, there will be less demonstrations that mostlyend up being destructive and with casualties.
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