In the recent years, there have numerous reports of police brutality with all the fatal police encounters. This fact has caused many people to research this matter. Most of the findings have shown that black men are the ones who have been targeted and killed by police officers. In the researches, it has found out that most of the police officers who have committed these acts there has not been any serious actions taken. Police brutality is something that has been occurring for years. Profiling has been one of the major causes of police brutality especially to people of color. This began in the 1980s when police were given the go ahead to go after the African Americans and Latinos. The 9/11 attack also caused profiling of the Asian people. One of the most notable police brutalities that turned fatal was that of Rodney King in 1991 (Walton, 2014). The four police officers involved were charged and then acquitted. This fact caused anger among many people especially from the black community in America. The anger that people had over the killing led to the Los Angeles Riots that occurred in 1992. One of the recent, police brutalities that become fatal that caused a lot of anger among people was the shooting of Michael Brown who was just eighteen years old. According to witnesses, they say that Brown who was black was unarmed when Darren Wilson a white police officer killed him. This killing caused riots in Ferguson and many countries in the world questioned police brutality in America especially to the African Americans.
According to some findings, it has shown that in 2014, police officers killed over one thousand people. Some of this people were criminal but there are those who were innocent (Walton, 2014). The research also shows that the violence between the citizens in the country has dropped significantly. The violence between police officers and citizens has been claimed to have increased dramatically. According to the statistics, it has shown that people whom police officers has killed increased by 44 percent. The research also shows that police officers have killed over 700 people in 2013 (Agorist, 2015). The survey has indicated that the numbers of people who have been killed by police officers are more than the soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The result shows that in 2014 fifty-eight soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This findings show that more citizens have been killed compared to soldiers who have gone to war. The number of citizens killed in America is higher than those of other countries such as Canada, United Kingdom and Germany. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index conducted in 2014, showed that America had dropped from the ninth position they were in 2010 and are now in the twenty-first positions with regard to measure of personal freedom (Walton, 2014). The result also shows that England reported that in 2013 police officers killed no one. In 2014, one person is reported to have been killed by a police officer. Canadian police officers are reported to have killed 14 people.
According to the research conducted by John and Leighton, it discovered that the Latinos and the African Americans are the targets of police brutalities in America. According to the survey, it shows that the number of people who were killed by police officers increased by forty percent. The survey showed that 91 percent of the people killed were blacks in the state of Chicago (Kille & Walter, 2015). In New York City, the estimated percentage of black people killed by police officer is 87%. The survey also shows that forty seven percent of those killings the victims did not have any weapons.
In conclusion, this proposal is about the findings of the surveys that have been conducted by many people. The researches were conducted because of the increase of fears among the black and Latino communities in America. These people believe that they are not protected but instead they are targeted.
Agorist, M. (2015, January 8). Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations. Retrieved from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-kill-citizens-70-times-rate-first-world-nations/
Kille, J. & Walter, L.(2015, April 14). Excessive or reasonable force by police? Research on law enforcement and racial conflict. Retrieved from http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/police-reasonable-force-brutality-race-research-review-statistics#
Walton, F. V. (2014). How Often are Unarmed Black Men Shot Down By Police? Daily Kos.