by danielle_harmon on October 2, 2016 - 9:27am
Coming from an African-American female, I believe that all lives matter. These days it seems as if police are targeting African-Americans a lot more than they are targeting Caucasians. In my opinion this is justified in some cases but not all. There will always be a handful of police officers who racial profile in smaller cases such as getting pulled over or stopped for simple reasons or no reason at all, just for simple entertainment. Although this may be the case some issues, I personally believe this is not the case for a majority of the larger issues. Police are not the reason that these African-American males are getting shot. These males are responsible for their own actions. If you are being approached by an officer simply put your hands up, that way the officer knows you have no intentions of pulling out a weapon of any sort. Also, stay quiet and if you cannot stay quiet and answer only when spoken to, talk in a calming voice. A lot of the times people run from the police when being approached, which makes them look guilty. If you are not guilty, do not run. When you run, the officers assume you are guilty, it may also get confusing when your running. If you turn around or move your arms a certain way, the officer will be under the impression that you have a weapon, which a majority the time ends in the officer defending himself and shooting. These young boys were raised to be afraid of cops instead of looking up to them. This is not the fault of the police, this is the fault of their parents, guardians and people around them.
In the article, Tyre King, 13, fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio by Kurt Chirbas, Alexander Smith and Erik Ortiz, Tyre King was a suspect of an armed robbery. He matched the description given to the police and when the police arrived at the scene, Tyre and another male ran. When the police officers attempted to arrest them, Tyre pulled out a BB gun and aimed at the officer, leaving the officer no choice but to shoot him. It was unknown to the officer that the weapon was a BB gun, it was said that the BB gun looked exactly like a firearm that an officer would carry.
In my opinion Police officers are doing their jobs to protect others in the community as well as their selves. Of course they are going to make mistakes here and there and when they do they suffer the consequences along with everyone else involved. In situations like this nobody wins, the family suffers and so does the police officer. But the fault is not in the officer who is doing his job, the fault is in the people who raised the victim to either be a criminal or raised them to be either afraid, or disrespectful to authorities.