Racial Tensions


Staff Writer

In modern day society, many people still believe racism is an common issue throughout the United States especially towards African Americans, also commonly known as Blacks. Based off USA TODAY, statistics show “Blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races..” and “Police in Ferguson arrest black people at a rate nearly three times higher than people of other races. At least 1,581 other police departments across the USA arrest black people at rates even more skewed than in Ferguson.” Racism in the United States is not a small matter; in some occasions it is connected to police brutality use of any force exceeding that reasonably necessary to accomplish a lawful police purpose between a white police officer and black man or woman. There have been several major events that have erupted in the past few years. For example, the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri sparked major debate over racial tensions between law enforcement officers and African Americans throughout America. Michael Brown was an unarmed 18 year old African American male that was fatally shot by a white police officer named Darren Wilson. The death of Brown lead to civil unrest and protests in three different waves. These Ferguson riots happened first on August 9th, the day of the accident, then the second wave hit on November 24th due to Darren WIlson not being indicted, and finally the last wave hit as an anniversary of the shooting on August 9, 2015. Another incident occurred on April 4, 2015 when 50 year old African American man named Walter Scott was fatally shot in North Charleston, South Carolina by a white police officer after a traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light. A few days later on April 12, another African American male aged at 25 named Freddie Gray died under police custody while in transportation in a police van with six police officers. These six officers were believed to be associated with Gray’s death during transportation to a trauma center after falling into coma due to unnecessary force in the van after being arrested. After these tragic events, more civil unrest and protests occurred. For example, on April 25, 2015, a protest in downtown Baltimore turned into a violent protest due to the racial tensions between law enforcement and African Americans.

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