Police Brutality In Modern AmericaA hoodie, Arizona ice tea and skittles. That was thespark that spawn into a flustering fire. On February 26,2012 in Sanford, Florida seventeen year old TrayvonMartin was shot and killed. The murderer, GeorgeZimmerman. The verdict, not guilty. As the story gotout and emotions ran high, people all around thecountry took to social media in opinions and views.Sympathy goes out to the family of victim, questions tothe judicial system and historys dark past seeming toreoccur. Black Lives Matter. As time carries on theshooting of unarmed African Americans become morefrequent and not from people on the street, but fromour protection system. Police brutality and corruptionexposure has flared all over the United States. As moreunarmed shootings occur, Black Lives Matters began toturn into more than just a hashtag. Police brutality hasinfluenced the Black Lives Matter movement in resultsof protest, injustice and psychological trauma.As Black Lives Matters grows as a movement, so doesthe mortality rate of unarmed African Americans beingshot. According to the article This is How Many PeoplePolice Have Killed So Far in 2016, by Celisa Calacalpublished on July 5, 2016. 194 Black Americans havebeen killed by police so far this year, at a rate of 4.86
deaths per million. (Calacal). Two years later accordingto the Washington Post fatal force database, there havebeen 857 people shot and killed by the police as ofOctober 1st at 5:21pm. Out of those 857 killings, 289 ofthem were unarmed African Americans. Police brutalityis a rising problem in the Black Lives Matter movement,and though there other many factors, this has becomea key subject in change. With the fatal shootings, a lotof people apart of the movement have taken thisproblems to the street.