Running head: POLICING AND RACE1Policing and RaceRavyn Edge Starke State
POLICING AND RACE2AbstractWhat types of training should police receive in order to police a more diverse population and reduce violence against minorities? We need to teach police officers that they can thing about thestereotypes. If we could have training that trains policer’s officers. If we could change the facts on the media and everywhere else there would not be as many deaths. We need to start to look at the perspective of the police officers and do our best to change the way they view thing when they are out on duty.
POLICING AND RACE3Policing and RaceStereotypes also play a huge part in how the media portrays African American crimes. Stereotypes are often used to justify injustice and discrimination, validate oppression, enable exploitation, rationalize violence, and shield corrupt power structures (“NAACP,”2019). Black Americans, but black men, in particular, are overrepresented as perpetrators of crime in U.S. news media. This is especially true when looking at the incidences of violent crimes (“Elizabeth Sun,” 2018). The media eats up crimes that happen by African-American men and stereotypes right along with it. The news media vilifies black people by presenting black crime suspects as more threatening than their white counterparts. It does this in several ways, such as by showing the mug shots of black suspects more frequently than those of white suspects; depicting black suspects in police custody more often. It also worsens racial tensions between black and white people by specifically perpetuating a narrative of white victimization (“Elizabeth Sun,” 2018). This is why the Media plays a large role in race relations in the criminal justice system because of their power to portray events as they see fit. If the media is only showing the crimes that African Americans are doing then people are going to think that only African Americans are committing crimes and it makes it as bad when a police officer does something irrational when that's not true. If the media would show the amount of crime between white people and black police officers then people would not be so scared when they see an African American man and make a wrong decision based on racial bias. If we could teach police officers not to think about the stereotypes and not to put the media in there head and look at everyone the same it could help. There should be trainings and they should have the statistics on how many times a person of colored had been killed and did not even have a weapon and how many police officers have been killed because of non-colored people and they had a gun. The training needs to show the
POLICING AND RACE4whole truth and not just part of it. We need to teach our police officers and show them about the world not just the world show them because who’s know what they think then they go on portal.
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