- Excessive force and its frequent use.
- Improper racial profiling
- Protests on violence against African-American males.
- Statistics on police brutality against unarmed African-American males
- Cases of unarmed African-Americans that involve the use of excessive force
Practice Opening 1:
Excessive force is any force beyond what’s imperative to arrest a suspect, while keeping police and bystanders safe. Not all arrests call out for the use of excessive force but most cases involving an African American male puts it to use. For many decades police brutality has been an ongoing issue in our society that has led to more deaths than arrests of African American males. From the severe beating of Rodney King that took place in 1991 by Los Angeles Police Department to the tragic shooting of Michael Brown and the chokehold that put Eric Garner in his death bed. As a society we not only see this as a controversial issue but a cry for help in the African American community as improper racial profiling leads to more deaths than arrests by police officers.
Practice Opening 2:
The use of excessive force has been a proceeding result of improper racial profiling of African American males. For many decades this has been an ongoing issue in our society that has led to more deaths than arrests in the African American community. From the severe beating of Rodney King that took place in 1991 by Los Angeles Police Department to the tragic shootings of unarmed teenagers Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. As a nation that is strongly against unreasonable searches and seizures unless with probable cause, this has become a massive problem as the amount of African American males being beaten or killed by police officers increase because of improper racial profiling.
Working Hypothesis 1:
Unarmed African-American males have been the center of police brutality and always will be because of improper racial profiling.
Working Hypothesis 2:
Every week another African-American man who is often unarmed is dying at the hands of the police due to improper racial profiling and the use of excessive force.
Topics for Smaller Papers
- Police officers who have been/are on trial for the killing of an unarmed black male and their side of the story.
- Results of police brutality towards African-Americans.
- When excessive force SHOULD be used.
- Cities where high-profile shootings mostly take place
- Counterintuitivity of Police Brutality
Current State of Research:
So far I have found a lot of interesting research on my topic. Since I have so much to select from it’s been quite a challenge with organizing all the details into paragraph form while altogether making sense. My biggest fear is that the research paper won’t flow properly because I have found so much information on my topic. Once I get all the information organized I will elaborate more on both of my hypothesis’s. My goal is to address the problem with improper racial profiling and how it is a leading cause in police brutality against African-American men. (Please bare with me. This a lot more difficult to discuss then I thought it would be.)