Police Brutality in Montgomery
The curse of police brutality on the African-Americans plagues the skin of this great nation for more than a century now. Police brutality in America is now seen by the rest of the world as racialized police violence. African- Americans have been subjected to police brutality than any other Americans; such as Caucasians, Hispanic and Asian. According to Kevin Johnson et. al in USA Today, “96 blacks have been gunned down in a period of seven years until 2012 which translates to two deaths per week. This gruesome event happened just because Gunn looked "suspicious" as he went past a residential neighborhood. A similar incident is that of Bernard Whitehurst a 32-year old black janitor who was wrongfully short to death by a white police (Washington Post).
The police claimed that Whitehurst brandished a gun and that he fired a bullet just before the police gunned him down. In 1965, Judd et al. notes that another incident involved Jimmie Lee Jackson who was short in the stomach fatally while trying to protect his mother and grandfather from brutal state police (p. Such generalizations have opened doors for all African-Americans to be seen as criminals; yet many of them are innocent and hardworking citizens. One unfortunate event of stereotyping involved the case of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was shot dead because of flirting a white girl (Lischer 73). Would the same results have been a Caucasian teenager flirting the same lady? It is these stereotypes that portray all African-Americans to be dangerous and criminals that perpetuate their continuous illegal executions in the hands of the police.
The legal system is passively tolerating this evil trend of inhumane manhandling of African-Americans. According to the United Nations, law enforcement should be nonviolent and to resolve to exercise force should be in a way that minimizes damage and respect to human life. The police department has tried so hard to cover up most cases of discriminatory police ferocity through poor investigations, poor documentations and using the self-defense card even when the victim was unarmed (Weitzer & Ronald 57). Many departments have also failed to provide adequate training to police that is relevant to provide nonviolent solutions. This gives the police only one alternative, which is using excessive force. Another encouraging factor for police brutality is that penalties for misconduct are minimal. For instance, in the case of Gunn, the court argued in favor of the officer asserting that Smith was acting within the scope of duty, his training, and the law.
The data and nature of events have shown that African-Americans are categorically targeted and mistreated when this is compared to other races. The killings are also systematic because most of those killed are African-American youth below the age of thirty and are mostly unarmed. They are also intentional because they have an external racial motivation. Police brutality is therefore intentional and systematic; it will take more than demonstrations to wipe out this plague. The criminal justice system needs to work hand in hand with the police department to ensure that humanity is brought back to the police service. " Criminology & Public Policy 6. Innocent Alabama man murdered by cops - NY Daily News www. nydailynews. com › crime Judd, Charles M. , et al. Justice quarterly, 16(4), 819-846.
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