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Police Brutality

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

by Rodney Swindell, Jr.

Police Brutality, in the U.S., brings hatred to the world. I think this because people like me, an African-American, go through racism, violence, beatings, and limited rights, and we even went through slavery. People from the older generation say that us young people can change the world. I don’t think that’s true because before we can change the world, we need to change ourselves. The world can’t change unless we do.

According to “Police Brutality in the United States”, an article by Leonard Moore, police brutality happens not only to Black Americans but, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, and even some White Americans. But for the past decade, police have targeted African-Americans, like Michael Brown.

Michael Brown was an 18 year-old black male who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in 2014. Eventually, Officer Darren Wilson pled not-guilty and according to the Washington Post news report, he was not indicted.

Another case is Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old black boy who was shot and killed because he had a fake BB-gun and the officer thought that it was areal. That officer also pleaded not-guilty and was he not charged.

The Washington Post reports that there were close to 1,000 people killed by the police in 2018 and over 500 people killed in 2019 alone. And the year isn’t even over yet.

In today’s world, all it takes is one little slip up and you’re on the ground, bleeding out. We, black people, have to walk around this world worried about the police, when they should be concerned about us. They’re supposed to be protecting everyone, and not killing anybody.

In conclusion, police brutality is a social justice issue that should be addressed all over the world because people need to see what America goes through. The Pledge of Allegiance states that we have justice for all, but what justice do we have as African Americans and Latinos? If you think about it this way, police brutality brings hatred to the world.

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