Hilowle 1Batula HilowleCrawfordLaw In The Black Community23 April 2019Police Brutality Benjamin Crump once quoted: “An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance.” Guns are not killing young and old African American boys and men; it is the people behind the guns: police. Police brutality is the use of excessive and unneeded force by police. In the last year alone, nine hundred and ninety people were killed by the police. One hundred and sixty one of those people were unarmed, and two hundred and fifty of those people were African American (Lee). In the last few years, three hundred and nineteen people were killed by police. Twenty one of those people were unarmed and seventy two of them wereAfrican American (Lee). From the looks of it, these murders will continue to increase as time goes by. The situations for all of those killings by police could have been handled differently. The government and law makers should try a new approach at handling the shootings, and deaths caused by police can be handled differently than how they are handling it now.
Hilowle 2The killings due to police brutality is an issue that has sparked a lot of reactions from African Americans nationwide. Cases like those of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown,Eric Garner, Freddie Grey, and Sandra Bland cause not only riots but backlash from the African Americans community very much similar to the ones from the Civil Rights Movement era. Protests, both peaceful and non-peaceful, have taken place in cities such as New York City-New York, Ferguson-Missouri, Oakland-California, and many more cities. In both peaceful and non-peaceful protest, the police have handled the situations the same way: aggressively. They have attacked the protesters with weapons such as canes and tasers, attackingpeople by sending K-9s to attack them, and thrown stink bombs into crowds to separate the chaos. Due to the aggressiveness by police, many protesters have gotten hurt, injured, and even killed from protests alone (Wulfhorst). These protests and the retaliation from police caused a new era.Police aggressiveness sparked the Black Lives Matter movement which was a tribute to all the innocent black lives lost to either police brutality or white privileges in general against blacks (Cullors). The movement started after the killing of fifteen year oldTrayvon Martin from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was shot and killed by a white police officer for speculations on having on a gun when in reality, all he had on him was an Arizona drink and a packet of Skittles. His killer, George Zimmerman shot him because he thought he was a criminal due to him wearing a hoodie over his head. His killer was