There are many gangs in the U.S. They can range from the Bloods to the Mexican Mafia, but the biggest gang of them all are the police.
The target of this gang often seems to be African American men. There have been at least five cases dealing with police brutality and the death of African American men within the last three years.
Police have been known to slide under the radar when it comes to their brutal tactics when trying to apprehend perpetrators. Throughout these various cases, it has been proven that these men were racially profiled.
The death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin seemed to be the catalyst for many similar incidents to follow.
Trayvon Martin was walking through a suburban neighborhood one night and was followed by a neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. He was told not to pursue the teenager, but he did so anyway.
After the interaction between the two, a scuffle broke out, and the end result was the death of an innocent teenager. At the crime scene, Martin was found with a bag of Skittles and a Arizona iced tea. This incident shed light on unlawful acts towards African American men.
Zimmerman did not have any marks on his face from the scuffle, so it was hard to believe that the teen really fought back. After Zimmerman was found not guilty on all charges, cases began to roll in back to back.
Two years later, two deaths of African American men were less than one month apart. The killing of Eric Gardner on July 17, 2014, and the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, left many people disgusted and outraged with lawful enforcement.
Both men were found with no weapons on them and were apprehended with excessive force.
The death of Baltimorean Freddie Gray, 25, has created tension throughout the city. The incident occurred on April 19, 2015. Police chased Gray with no probable cause, and he suffered a serious spinal cord injury according to an article published in the Baltimore Sun.
Protesters flooded the streets leading up to Gray’s funeral. On Monday, April 27, 2015, peaceful protesters broke out into a riot that left six officers injured and 25 people arrested.
Gray repeatedly said he could not breath during his arrest, and he died after he reached a nearby trauma center. Police have not released the information on how Gray suffered his injury according to WBALTV.com
According to a Washington Post article, there were 461 “justifiable homicides” in 2013. This number is astronomically high in comparison to places like Great Britain which did not have any police homicides.
Or how about Germany, who had only eight. Or maybe even Canada, which hasn’t had a police homicide in two years.
The 461 homicides are just the ones that were recorded. Reporters say that the number could be as high as 1000.
Although it is impossible to know what the crimes were of the deceased, what has been proven fact is that police often do more than what their job requires.
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