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Police Brutality

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

by Konjo Lemons

     Police brutality is one of multiple forms of extreme violence by police. Many organizations have been developed or organized to stop these crucial events from happening. According to Lesley Hauler, a multimedia journalist,  “For every 1000 people killed by police, only one officer is convicted of a crime.” Many victims of police brutality have been falsely imprisoned or arrested. As many may know, the most involved race with police violence is African Americans. Violence against African Americans is so wide-spread, October 22 has been named the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. 

     In 2017, police killed 1,147 people, 25% of them were blacks, even though 13% of the population was African American. The question that needs to be answered is, “What needs to happen to end police violence for all races?” For this to be answered, you have to start with yourself. 

Researched information based on AOL and Britannica: 

*Police brutality isn’t just about violence. It is also about other crimes, such as:

1. False Imprisonment or arrest.

2. Failure to obey the rights put in place for people who are held in custody before a trial.

3. Unreasonable search or seizure(the action of capturing someone or something using force).

4. Intentional and cruel execution.

*All American races, families, ages, classes, and genders have been exposed to police brutality.

*The great majority of victims dealing with police brutality have been African Americans.

*Organizations formed from police brutality

1. CUAPB (Communities United Against Police Brutality).

2. NAAPB (National Association Against Police Brutality)

*The National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality: According to the October 22 Coalition, this day has occurred every year since 1996, in hopes to bring together "those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose the epidemic of police brutality”.

*The Coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which documents cases of killings by law enforcement nationwide.

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