Opinion:Police brutality is a current issue for African Americans and it needs to be stopped

Opinion:Police brutality is a current issue for African Americans and it needs to be stopped


Opinion:Police brutality is a current issue for African Americans and it needs to be stopped

Police brutality is a recurring issue that has caused several deaths. However some incidents that happened between the police and blacks resulted in the black person dying because the police had to use lethal force for self defense.

A woman named Kendra James was a 21-year-old African-American Oregonian mother of two, who was shot to death by police on May 5, 2003.

Ms. James was a passenger stopped by Portland police officers Rick Bean, Kenneth Reynolds, and Scott McCollister.The driver, Terry Jackson, was arrested and placed in a squad car after he was discovered to have an outstanding warrant.

After he and another passenger in the car were removed peaceably by the officers, James jumped from the back seat into the driver’s seat. McCollister then made several unsuccessful attempts to remove James while partially within the vehicle through an open door.

The officer claimed to have tried to pull James out by her hair, and also attempted to use a taser. He said that he had also attempted to use pepper spray to subdue James. McCollister drew his firearm and held it to James’ head, demanding she exit the vehicle.

McCollister said he then felt the car move and, concerned that he could have fallen out and been run over, fired a single shot.

Another example of police brutality would be a man named named Alton Sterling. On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot several times at close range while held down on the ground by two white Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Police were responding to a report that a man in a red shirt was selling CDs, and that he had used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store.

The shooting was recorded by multiple bystanders.

The final example of police brutality would be a man named Eric Garner.Eric Garner died after a police officer put him in a chokehold for 15 to 19 seconds while arresting him.

NYPD officers approached Garner on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. After Garner told the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, the officers went to arrest Garner.

When officer Daniel Pantaleo tried to take Garner’s wrist behind his back, Garner pulled his arms away. Pantaleo then put his arm around Garner’s neck and took him down onto the ground.

After Pantaleo removed his arm from Garner’s neck, he pushed the side of Garner’s face into the ground while four officers moved to restrain Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk.

After Garner lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing. Garner remained lying on the sidewalk for seven minutes while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive.

The officers and EMTs did not perform CPR on Garner at the scene; according to a spokesman for the PBA, this was because they believed that Garner was breathing and that it would be improper to perform CPR on someone who was still breathing. He was pronounced dead at the hospital approximately one hour later.

In conclusion police brutality is a thing that has been around for a long time and is something that will most likely still be around for many years to come.

Police brutality is something that has to be stopped because people always end up injured terribly or dead.


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