Two Americas

there are many issues in the world today with police brutality but one issue that really changes the world is the police brutality with racism. the last few years there has been many different issues that have come out for example the story of Michael Brown this story was talking about how one black man was killed by police and the officers story was he went for the gun. the issue with this is that it was if the police officers had no cares for the gentlemen’s life. There are many different ways that can be taken into consideration that would make this a lot easier to get rid of this issue


this picture shows a police officer wearing head gear that is a camera and there was a stat that had shown that the police officers that had started wearing these they noticed the rates of racial police brutality had dropped eighty-four percent. Now if you think about this if this idea was used all over the country there would be less accounts of police brutality with racisms the reason why this would help because when the police officer are out In the field they feel that they have all the power because they enforce the law that they are above the law. so when they have personal opinions on some things or people and they have this feeling that they are not being watched they may have a “miss judgment ” and so making sure that police officers are constantly being watched will really be helpful so that we don’t have anymore cases like the student and the officer this story shows how a police officer uses extra force on a black teenager. yes the teen was not obeying the rules but when you are a fully grown man you should not have to throw aa girl around the room to get her to leave the room. These stories are all hard to read and watch but they need to be shown around the world personally I do not believe that police officers should be using excessive force on anyone. There is a time when force is needed but there is never the need to end some ones life or hurt someone just because they haven’t done what they were told right away. After reading the article about the police officers wearing head cameras I instantly loved the idea, I loved this idea because these videos could possibly make not only the streets safer but it adds in the truth that is needed most of the time when the police officer is being questioned for the crime he or she may have or have not done. Another story that comes to my mind when it comes to police brutality with racism is the new York officer who had choked a man to death, this story was about a black gentleman by the name of Eric Gardner and he was breaking up a fight and was accused of selling illegal cigarettes when Eric refused to be taken into handcuffs a police officer had used an illegal chokehold on Erick. After him giving up and saying he can breath the officer had not let go which made Eric soon stop breathing ending his life. This story stood out to me for one reason after the police officer was accused of killing a man he was taken to court while the judge had ruled him not guilty of murder, that’s why this story was so shocking because no one should be able to kill some one and get away with it. There are many different ways you can bring someone to the ground to place him under arrest.  Everyone uses cell phones today and when they see something happening with the police they instantly raise up their phone to start recording, some would say that is all that is needed for when it comes to helping bring justice for everyone. But that’s not the case at all so many people are able to turn videos into what they want you to see it does give some other perspective then the polices word verses the word of the accused but having the video from the police officer would be the main factor of what everyone needs to see. there are so many different stories all over the world of police brutality but when people take time to think about it there are more police brutality to people of a different race it makes you wonder why people still do this is it parts of the past? a stereo type? it shouldn’t matter what the past had done people should not take the past and bring it to the future because we are now having the issue with that people are fearing the police because they have been acting up. People should not be antagonizing the police because of these issues either. but there are any different ways that these occasions could be avoided by with things like police head cameras and police start taking a better approach to arresting the accused. so over all there are to Americas in this world when it comes to police brutality with different races.


5 thoughts on “Two Americas

  1. Allyson Taylor

    Allyson Taylor –

    A very important point has been made in this blog post, police brutality and racism are still a cause for concern. We see in the news continuously cases of unnecessary force being used. It always seems that these cases involve a black suspect and a white officer. There are many cases of police brutality among different races as well , although it seems that mostly this occurs among white and black.The Thought of police wearing recording devices seems intelligent. I think with that device police officers would act differently in certain situations knowing that they have an audience. I also think that this device will not solve any of our problems with racial profiling or police brutality. I believe if an officer wants to conduct an action un watched , all that officer has to do is shut off or take off that device. We currently have cameras on cops cars , though it seems sometimes the footage comes up missing. Whether it be missing footage , or the device fell off during a pursuit , officers who do not want to obey laws , will not obey . However , the use of this device will aid in the cause , it will not solve it. Maybe if police were subjected to psychological testing before being allowed on the field , it would help sort out those with psychological disorders. Not all people are perfect , and it takes a strong person to be a police officers. But not all people who apply should be aloud to be a police officer. Racism and other beliefs we are allowed to have , but someone in a position of such power should not have those beliefs.

  2. Mindy Raffler

    This is a very tough topic to write about. A point has been made: yes there have been several “public” cases of police brutality in the news the past few years involving white cops and black citizens. If the larger spectrum is looked at, as in all of the police stops involving black citizens and white cops, it’s actually a small percentage of incidents that have occurred. I am not defending the actions of the police officers. They ended someone’s life. Was it justified? In some cases definitely not, but in others we will never know the truth. I am a criminal justice student and believe me being a cop is at the bottom of my list. It is not as easy anymore for someone too become a police officer, most likely because of these issues. Many police forces are now requiring candidates to have a college degree as well as pass psychological examinations. Wearing cameras on each officer is a very excellent idea to reduce occurrences of police brutality. The dash cams on police cars were the previous method of surveillance, but on the body will have much greater impact as far as evidence gathering. Many larger cities have also been implementing “community policing” styles in which the police interact with the community on a daily basis and build relationships with the citizens so they learn to trust one another. This style of policing has worked in Atlanta where I learned in one of my classes that the crime rate dropped significantly since they implemented the program.

  3. Molly Mieske

    Police brutality can be a hard topic to debate or talk about this topic is filled with many conflicting emotions. I think that police brutality has created a true divide in America, the divide between races. It seems that when police brutality is discussed it is only viewed as the small picture. For example, the “black lives matter” movement or the “cops vs. everybody” to me these are seen as small issues, hence lacking the ability to view the larger picture, we as people need to try to understand what the larger picture is and the underlying issue. When the larger issue seems to be dishonesty. Dishonesty between the police officers that are “crying wolf” for example cops who claim that the person pulled overreaches for a weapon or resists arrest. There are also a few times where the victim “cries wolf” claiming a form of police brutality, in which some cases are proven to be incorrect due to body cameras. Body cameras could be what saves police work from the horrible reputation that have created for themselves. While I do not feel that body cameras could solve the police brutality issue, I think it could come very close. Body cameras would give the judge or jury the advantage of feeling like they were at the scene of the crime. Instead of a judge sending someone to prison for life and risk the chance of a victim being not guilty. I think body cameras will do the world more good than bad, and be something to consider investing in to better our future.

  4. Kaitlin Fredericks

    Police brutality is a very important topic currently going on. It always seems with police brutality that there is a white officer and a black suspect or vice versa. People always throw racism in, and that’s not the case of why someone was pulled over. I believe that police brutality is dividing the true America’s because of races. Yes, police officers may want everything covered for privacy, but they should wear body cameras, and head gear. It is not ever going to change police brutality unless there is proof. If cameras were worn or headsets, people can see it is not about race or taking sides. They need to wear them for the safety of themselves. If a case did come up, and thought it was race, the officer can defend themselves by showing what is on the camera. It will save the officer’s life and possibility their career. It can save someone from prison, if an officer had a body camera and took it to the courts to show the suspect wasn’t treated differently. Right now, all officers have is their words, and hope someone will believe them. This would give evidence and possibility save a victim from something they did not do. The main issue is dishonesty, from police officers and victims to save themselves from not going to prison. If a white officer stopped a black suspect, and race was a problem, the officer can show the cameras to prove nothing was done differently because of race. There are a lot of cases that get escalated because the suspects say they were racists, and officer was out to get them, or they were pulled over because of their race.

  5. Shanale Ward

    Yes, there are two Americas. It’s called White America and Black America. Two totally different worlds! I think that having a Black man as president of the United States has angered many power hungry White people. There, I said it, but this is why: Black people have been tortured, hung, whipped, beaten, you name it, for centuries by the hands of White people, and now all of a sudden the police are bad guys? Police brutality is a hot topic on the news, talk shows, social media, and even in classroom discussions as though it’s something new. I think that there is a much bigger agenda. It sickens me because George Zimmerman never has been a police officer, and yet he murdered Travon Martin, a Black kid going to buy candy, in cold blood and walked away with honors. The police didn’t do it, but America still justified it. Why? because it was a Black kid killed that’s why. My point is, this issue is much much bigger than the police. The crooked cops just get to do the dirty work.

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