The continuing cases of police brutality exposes how evident racism still is within our society in 2015. Police brutality is the cruel, excessive force by a police officer.
Recently, it has been one of the most need to be topics discussed among people. Just last week, another incident happened in South Carolina. A white police officer Michael Slager, was fired and charged for murder for killing an unarmed African American male Walter Scott.
Scott was pulled over by Slager in his Mercedes-Benz because of a broken taillight.
According to the Officer’s account, Scott attempted to reach for his stun gun. This apparently caused him to fear for his life and forced him to fire his gun. However, as a video released by an eyewitness shows, Scott fled away from Slager, while the officer fired eight shots, thus wounding and killing the 50-year-old man.
The media mentioned Slager served in the Coast Guard; however, when Scott is mentioned it was pointed out he has been arrested about 10 times, mostly for failing to pay child support or for not showing up for court hearings.
The media like always paints a story that essentially blames the victim. I guess since Scott ran away justifies Slager’s action to use his gun and shoot Scott eight times.
The shooting of Michael Brown occurred last August in Ferguson, Missouri; 18-year old Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson who was given a no indictment.
Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, United States, on New Year’s Day 2009. Mehserle was charged with second-degree murder, but was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced two years.
Sean Bell was shot and killed by a team of NYPD officers the morning of his wedding. Bell and two other men were shot over fifty times; however all of the officers were found not guilty.
These black men were killed by white officers who felt the only way to save themselves was to take a life away. Police discriminating against black people seem to be well-know and understood. Yet, these shootings continue to happen. Little to nothing is being done; except the officers get away with murder.
President Barack Obama commented about police brutality and racism, “Nothing of significance, nothing of benefit, results from destructive acts.” Racism is real, Obama said, and he urged Americans to “mobilize,” “organize,” find the “best policies,” and “vote.”
It’s sad to say but the officers are trained to kill. Police officers are supposed to protect and serve, not racially profile and kill. MotherJones.org reported, after examining piles of federal crime data, police shoot and kill blacks almost twice as frequently as any other racial groups.
Black lives don’t matter because last week, another black man was killed. No matter how much we protest, our “justice system” seems to continue to justify these officers using excessive force to control the situation, which ultimately leads to the deaths of many black people.
These police officers keep saying they were threatened by the victims, but these victims always seem to be unarmed; they are the ones that are afraid of the officers. The laws state that officers can use deadly force if it’s immediately necessary. This protects them from being prosecuted for using deadly force because a black man running away or face down to the floor or with their hands up is threatening their life. These murders just prove how messed up and corrupted the justice system is and how much blacks are victimized.
I guess whenever we see an officer we have to bow down to them and reply with yes sir. I guess even though they don’t respect us, we have to answer to their authority because they have a badge and a gun; because they are white.
This is racism in 2015.