LWS 225.docx - Catherine Lopez LWS 225 Professor Grimsley Final Paper Introduction Over the last few years the police have been at the center of a great

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Catherine Lopez 5/23/19 LWS 225 Professor Grimsley Final Paper Introduction: Over the last few years, the police have been at the center of a great deal of controversy surrounding police brutality. It’s important to take into account the aftereffects. My final paper will not only highlight this distrust between the police and the communities they serve but also the lack of initiative from the police to improve that. This paper could be crucial to police departments who could work on improving community engagement as well as police service. Those who reside in high crime neighborhoods tend to have a negative view on police. I focus on students and on their opinion on police. Giving the future generation a voice and a platform to discuss their experience with police officer and their attitudes toward them can aid police and help them improve. I found that out of 60 people that participated in the study I conducted only 13% trusted the police. Trust in police is vital for the people but also for the police as well. It’s important to do a study where the target audience live in communities patrolled by cops. With the new pressure on police accountability studies like the one I conducted are crucial. This paper will be answering the question: How do students react to the killings of unarmed people of color in the United States? As well as the relationship between police and the people. Topics like modernized lynching of people of color and its similarities to the killings of unarmed people of color, relationship between police officers and the communities they serve, the stats beyond the killings of people of color, and police accountability will be explored as well.
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Literature Review Modernized Lynching: Many have attributed the increase of police brutality on colored people as modernized lynching or slavery. It’s become a form of holding back minorities. Ida B. Wells conducted a systemic analysis on lynching in her pamphlet called “Red Record” in which she describes the struggles that Black people experienced after slavery. In her study, she changes the narrative of black people. Black people would be lynched for any crimes no matter how big or small. To her, white people used 3 major excuses to manipulate and degrade black people. One being race riots which no black people participated in. White people claimed that Black people were planning a revolution and needed to do something to stop it, but that revolution was never proven. Second, right to vote which the government fail to maintain for black people. White people wanted to prevent, what they coined, ‘Negro domination’. Now that black people could vote, they felt they would use that against them. The government abandoned Black people as it granted them freedom but failed to maintain it. Lastly, rape accusations. Many thought it would inconceivable for a consensual relationship between a white woman and a black man. Thus, whenever such a relationship was exposed, it was masked as rape and the Black man would be lynched. Over 4000 lynching’s stemming from misdemeanors, wrongfully committed, to no
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