In my research essay I will be examining the use of excessive force by the U.S. police departments on African American males. For many decades, police brutality has been an ongoing issue in our society that has led to more deaths than arrests. From the severe beating of Rodney King that took place in 1991 by the Los Angeles Police Department to the recent shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, as a society we see this is an controversial issue. As a nation that strongly believes in freedom of speech, without fear of government retaliation this has become a big problem in our society as the amount of African Americans being beaten or killed by police officers increase.
Background: This article is a timeline of all the unarmed African American males that were killed in the last year. This article also covers how many times each victim were shot, where they were and what made the police mark them as a target.
This article will not only provide me statistics how many African American males were killed in over such a short amount of time by police officers but also why these innocent victims look so “suspicious” to them. (STEREOTYPES)
Background: This article talks about the stereotypes, racial profiling and African American males are found more intimidating than Caucasian males. Also, speaks a little on police enforcement and how police are trained to handled situations where they may feel uncomfortable.
This article will allow me to understand why African American males are viewed as targets based off stereotypes and racial profiling. Also, will allow me to speak on how police officers are trained to immediately respond to a situation where they feel endangered and are quick to pull the trigger.
Background: Another timeline that lists the deaths of not only African American males but African American females as well.
This article will allow me to cite current killings to killings that happened decades ago to show how police brutality against African Americans is an ongoing, dangerous issue in our society today.
Background: This article defines what excessive force really means and how it has different meanings in different jurisdictions. Goes into further explanation why police feel like excessive force is sometimes needed in certain cases (depending on location and who the victim is identified as).
This article will allow me to provide a clear definition of what excessive force is and how police officers use it.
Background: Provides statistics that show just how big of a problem this is in our country
Will allow me to provide accurate data to back up my other points.