“No one had anything to say to those cops, I don’t blame them, Because you’re are pretty much a target if you’re seen talking to the cops”(Morgan). Some African-Americans wont even talk to some police officers. Why are they scared to communicate with police officers? They get scared because of what happened to other African-Americans when they weren’t a threat, they were shot and killed.

 

African-Americans are usually more to be scared to have encounters with police officers. In the article “Cops and Community Search for Trust I Oakland’s Most Violent Neighborhood” by Nailah Morgan, it shows “The divide between both parties has become more prominent around the nation as videos showing police officers shooting and violently arresting minorities continue to flood social media timelines and evening news segments”(Morgan). They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well.  

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12 Comments
  1. Ben 10 months ago

    I completely agree with you. I feel as if the police are starting to think of themselves as being above the law. And that the rules do not always apply to them. Everyone should have to abide by the same laws, no matter what their status is.

  2. Brian 10 months ago

    Dear Andres
    I am shocked about police brutality, with your post, “Police Brutality,” because the Police’s job is to protect and serve but now Policemen are just arresting people randomly and killing on target when non of the victims did nothing wrong. It’s also shocking how most are African American s which show how many people in this world is still discriminating African Americans.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “police officers shooting and violently arresting minorities continue to flood social media timelines and evening news segments” I think this is horrible because thousands of African and other races live’s are taking because a Policeman or policewomen had been too scared and “shoot first ask later”. Taking many people’s lives and they don’t get a hard punishment.

    Another sentence that I shocked was: “They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media.” This stood out for me because you literally see people getting killed by police on media like the news channels of CNN, Fox News, Instagram, etc. A policeman’s job is to protect people from danger and to serve as a person who protects and doesn’t kill their own people. But still look their doing it anyway, it’s like if they don’t care (Oh just gotta do my job, oh that person looks suspicious OK let me shoot him).

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post shows many of the bad things in the world that can never be fixed and it’s also a serious topic. Innocent people die each due to lack of bravery by policemen and false accusing.

  3. Andrew 10 months ago

    Dear Andres

    I am upset by your post “Police Brutality,” not because your writing aggravates me, but because I hate that we live in a country where this is even a problem. I believe strongly that there needs to be trust in law enforcement, but the way law is enforced in this country leads to fear of the police, which is disgusting, we need to trust that police will apprehend criminals, not fear that they will hurt innocents. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ They get scared because of what happened to other African-Americans when they weren’t a threat, they were shot and killed.” I think this is worrying because it shows that actions affect stigma, and the police in this country have quite the stigma of being murderers. As a result of this, people fear to engage with the police, every time someone gets pulled over for speeding, they could get either a ticket, or a trip to the morgue. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “ “The divide between both parties has become more prominent around the nation as videos showing police officers shooting and violently arresting minorities continue to flood social media timelines and evening news segments”(Morgan)” This stood out for me because it explains that as these problems get more and more coverage, they almost become more prominent. When there is outrage over a shooting of an African American, the people get more scared of the police, but racist cops rarely get reprimanded, so a killer is walking the streets. I do agree with you that police brutality causes fear of the police. One reason I say this is the outrage after each instance of police brutality which makes more people find out about it. Another reason I agree with you is that a couple of years ago this country had laws that basically said that police could just stop and frisk “suspicious people” which was used almost exclusively in a racist way, causing distrust between the police and the African American community, which still exists today.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem to have a pretty good understanding of the issues and you are good at putting your ideas in concise articles. As a result, you give a basic understanding of the issue and a willingness for more research.

  4. Jada 10 months ago

    Dear Andres,
    The article “police Brutality” deeply interested me and made me want to read more into the topic. In my opinion, I deeply agree with your claim that African Americans are scared to have encounters with police officers. “The divide between both parties has become more prominent around the nation as videos showing police officers shooting and violently arresting minorities continue to flood social media timelines and evening news segments”(Morgan). They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well. As a black person, I can personally say from experience that when I see photos or videos on the news of people that look like me being treated violently just because they are black, it scares me. It also makes me think that the same thing could possibly happen to me just because of my race. It is a shame that my brother, sister, and other people in my family have to be taught a certain way to act around police. When just simply walking down the street, if a police car rolls by, it would strike worry in a black person. Our young African American children watch these stories on the news, giving them a negative view of not only police, but of society in general. These videos make young black children think that their lives don’t matter as much as everybody else’s, and gives them less hope for the future. Nobody should be violently handled because of race or anything else that makes us different.

  5. Maisha 10 months ago

    Dear Andres,

    The article’s title, “Police Brutality”, had brought me up to my interest and concern. In our society, polices are there to protect everyone and keep everyone safe; no one should be afraid of the police, as they are here to help and support us.

    However, this article brought up the attention on the persecution against Blacks and our society’s antagonism between them. Many people treat Blacks as if they are inferior to that in the rest of our society. And when some policemen began to be violent against Black because of their race, this superiority is “encouraged”, as police are typically look up upon.

    This topic should be brought to more people’s attention, as Blacks should not be afraid of the police and our society’s discrimination.

    This honestly is quite upsetting to know that police, our everyday heroes, are treating Blacks negatively and hope that this article may come to more people’s concern. I really enjoyed reading this and hope to know more about this. Thank you!

  6. Vasha 10 months ago

    Dear Andres:

    I am shocked because this hasn’t been discussed often without people being uncomfortable with the topic and your post, “Police Brutality ” really shed a light on this topic. I am shocked that someone will go after this controversial issue with such passion.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:”They get scared because of what happened to other African-Americans when they weren’t a threat, they were shot and killed “ I think this is true because they don’t want the same thing to happen to them as the other many innocent people that have died in police hands.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, becausetc you talk about things that aren’t talked about often and really opens a discussion.

  7. Yloni 10 months ago

    Dear Andres,
    I deeply agree with your article because every day an African American is being mistreated by the people that have been sworn to protect them. The police. All over the world there is visual evidence of police discriminating black people because they feel threatened of their presents. With the media sharing this cruel truth of America African Americans become more and more frighted of the idea of their local police officers.

    For instance a sentence in your article the struck a deep cord in my system was “They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well.” This struck so deep to me because this is an example of myself. I see this real life brutality of people that look like me and I think that could possibly be me.

    I agree on every aspect of your article very well written. Please keep up the great writing in spreads awareness!

  8. Savannah 10 months ago

    Andres,
    I totally agree with your stance on this issue. It is so heartbreaking to constantly see these things consuming our timelines and news headlines. It is so important in our world today and with the political issues we are currently facing, to pay attention to this and make it right.

  9. Lesley 10 months ago

    Dear Andres:
    I am intrigued by your post because it has opened my eyes to something in the world that sounds much more serious and somewhat terrifying in a way.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ‘The divide between both parties has become more prominent around the nation as videos showing police officers shooting and violently arresting minorities continue to flood social media timelines and evening news segments.’ This stood out to me because it says that police officers act brutal towards people for unfair reasons; if we fight among ourselves, how can we possibly be united to work together about bigger problems?

    Another sentence I took an interest in was: ‘They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well.’ The police are supposed to protect civilians, yet they are scaring them instead, and a certain group of people are singled out.

    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was walking along a street, and in the distance I could make out a policeman stopping a small group of people, even though they had done nothing bad or something they shouldn’t have. The policeman looked furious for reasons unknown to me, and I was so scared that I ran home.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the reasons you point out and the argument you make is very effective, and I am amazed at what happens outside of where I live, and I want people to live free and without fear.

  10. Rimsha 10 months ago

    Dear Andres:

    I am shocked by your post, “Police Brutality” because I did not know about the points you were making. They were very surprising for a person that is not very informed about this topic.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They get scared because of what happened to other African-Americans when they weren’t a threat, they were shot and killed.” I think this is surprising because African Americans feel scared in their skin because of the actions of other people. They are being judged for something they themselves didn’t do.

    Another sentence that I read was: “They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well.” This stood out for me because just because they see something happen to someone else like them they automatically get scared in case this happens to them even if they haven’t done anything wrong. This is wrong, Not only for African-Americans but for everyone too.

    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time in kindergarten, I used to get scared to talk to some teacher because I thought they would start yelling at me. When I had an important question I sometimes kept it to myself scared if I would get yelled instead of getting an answer. I didn’t do anything wrong for the teacher to not be polite but I was still scared to ask. This probably had an effect on me because I am really shy now which could also relate to the African-Americans.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post is very informing and made me feel more aware of what is happening around me.

  11. Aoyan 10 months ago

    Dear Andres :

    I am touched by your post, “Police Brutality,” because it is something that is getting forgotten. I have forgotten the brutality

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Some African-Americans wont even talk to some police officers.” I think this is shocking because if they need police help then they cannot get the help.

    Another sentence that struck me was: “They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well.” This stood out for me because with distrust burglars can seize the advantage and do more robberies/thefts in African-American homes.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you care a lot about others.

  12. Julian 10 months ago

    Dear Andres:

    I am in agreement with your post, Police Brutality,” because many African Americans do face racial persecution from racist police officers. Since i’ve seen it happen with employee’s in stories in videos, and on the street especially. I can view it from a bystander position and say that I would agree with African Americans in feeling scared of racist police officers.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ African-Americans are usually more to be scared to have encounters with police officers.” I think this is true because if I were an African American, I would feel just the same way. Based on the previous actions of racist/ bias cops, I would not feel safe.
    Another sentence that I read was: “They’re seeing other African-Americans getting killed on the media and get scared that, that’s going to happen to them as well. ” This stood out for me because I’ve seen videos of African Americans stating that they were scared of what were to happen to them if they were to encounter a cop; possible fatal outcomes.

    I do very much agree with you that minorities and African Americans should be scared of the police, sadly. One reason I say this is because many racist attacks from Police Officers have taken place and I sadly believe that more will happen in the future. Another reason I agree with you is racist views are hard to change; maybe the same Police Officers will never learn the everyone should be treated equally as human beings.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was really intriguing. This was also relatable, since I’ve seen it happen.

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