Police Violence In AMERICA
Police Violence In America: Six Years After Ferguson, George Floyd’s Killing Shows Little Has Changed After the African American teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, the epidemic of police violence against people of color in the US captured national and global attention, for a time.
” Floyd, 46, died under the knee of a white police officer as he struggled to echo Garner’s words: “I can’t breathe.”
The killing came even as the country struggled to come to grips with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, in Georgia, and a medical technician, Breonna Taylor.
“The experience is one that threatens to shrink our whole world, because in every direction we turn there is the potential for instantaneous and unexpected danger and or death.”
Black people must continue to contend with another threat: police violence.
In cities across the nation, black people were targeted by police forces, arrested at higher rates than their white counterparts and, in Southern states, trapped in a system that mirrored slavery.
“He has no vote, the police are brutal in their attacks.
High-profile police cases —
- Michael Stewart (1983),
- Eleanor Bumpurs (1984),
- Michael Griffith (1986),
- Edmund Perry (1985),
- Yvonne Smallwood (1987),
- Abner Louima (1997) and
- Amadou Diallo (1999) —
- to the violent police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991, the roots of American policing are tied to structural racism.
Black people are far more likely to be arrested and fatally shot by police than their white counterparts — and police officers are rarely charged with killing unarmed black people.
The recent uprisings in Minneapolis have brought to the surface the persistence of police violence in black communities — and the urgent need for state and federal policies that would protect black citizens and ensure that police officers are criminally prosecuted and punished.