Police Violence in the U.S.

The effects of police brutality in America

The link below is the interview I had with a pro black activist/gang activist (https://www.temi.com/editor/t/mfLxCsZ1D_50XUPEj0khEfoMyKigoV80u3W9kM8rlMVqflqOaTWe_DA5nfs8KzOA4_gFg3canKeBV35_tC22Mv7bZk0?loadFrom=DeliveryEmail)

Police brutality is a deadly use of force that corrupt police use to target minorities for the sake of what they call “justice”.  Police brutality has been a problem in America since the 1960s. This form of oppression is nothing but saddening for the families of the victims of this kind of assault. The police are put out there to protect the people not violently attack them when innocently walking down the street. Police have no right to think that they can possibly do this without any consequences. t

The death of George Floyd has clearly shown that racism and excessive force of the police still continues in this day and age. It is shown that this form of systematic racism had spiked again in the years of 2013-2014 according to The New York Times. Police brutality is not just some trend that became tremendously popular all of a sudden. This matter has been an issue for many years. In 2019, over 1,000 people were shot and killed by the police and in 2020, the number of cases of police killings has increased and continues to be that way moving forward.(The New York Times)

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Studies have shown that Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people. Not only that but they are 1.3x more likely to be unarmed than white people. Based on the website Mapping Police Violence eight of the 100 largest city police departments have killed Black men at higher rates than the US murder rate. It has been shown that the majority of the police killings target African American men around the ages of 20-24. Police killings decreased in city-like areas but have increased in suburban and rural areas. It is more likely that there are more cases in city-like areas because there are more Black people in urban areas rather than suburban and rural areas. Based on research (Mapping Police Violence), 99% of police killings from 2013-2019 have not resulted in the officers being charged with a crime for what they had done. This is an issue because all of these murders should be justified and probably be more likely have these results the victims were white.

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What are the Effects in Social Media?

As protesting spreads worldwide, and particularly in the United States, you start to notice a change in how social media portrays these movements. The death of George Floyd made many speak up for what’s right. People have now made it clear that they will not be silenced in all of this and you can see this throughout social media. Fortunately, media has become an outlet to enlighten people of what’s going on in the world, especially through the Black Lives Matter movement. To show unity, many people changed their profile picture to the BLM fist. Many people in the Black community also came together to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth was made to celebrate the end of slavery in America. By doing so, everyone in this community decided to come together and voice their opinions on why it should be considered a national holiday. On TikTok, users had one day where everyone deleted the app off of their phones and gave the app a one star review to affect their business drastically. The reasoning behind this was that users of TikTok noticed that when scrolling through their For You page they rarely saw any Black content creators. So to fight against the censorship of Black creators on TikTok, users chose to delete the app as a whole.

What People Mean by Defund the Police

Defund the police is now a well known slogan, but many people are still confused by the term and what exactly it means. To put it into simple terms, it means redirecting the funding for the police department. This does not mean abolishing policing completely. Nationally, it has been estimated that $100 billion is used to spend on policing each year. The budgeting of the police actually makes up to 20%-45% of discretionary funds in cities across the country in 2020.

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People will continue to keep fighting for this injustice no matter the cost that is made. The people will be heard and will no longer stay silent. Always remember to educate yourself on topics such as this. It will help keep you aware of what’s going on in the world today.

For more information and ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, visit:  

https://blacklivesmatter.com/petitions/

https://www.change.org/t/black-lives-matter-en-us

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

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