Ohio,13-year-old boy, shot by police

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.
Retrieved from: Chirbas, K. Smith, A. Oritz, E. (2016) Tyre King, 13, fatally shot by Columbus. U.S.News. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tyre-king-13-fatally-shot-police-columbus-ohio-n648671


One main element that drew my attention to your post was by the title of itself that appeared very pertinent. Without having read your post, just with the title “Ohio,13-year-old boy, shot by police”, I thought at first maybe you were going to discuss about police brutality or racial profiling but then after reading the post, it made me think about an issue I hadn’t considered before; trying to evaluate a situation from the police force’s perspective. Something I have frequently noticed is how police’s bad behaviour towards victims and some negative issues related to their conduct is always displayed in the newspapers’ front pages but their good actions such as risking their lives for us on a daily basis and for the country’s protection is never given much consideration. Unfortunately, even in 2016, one of the reasons behind this cause is that our mass society emphases on the concept of entertainment rather than our traditional culture which used to be emboldening someone’s good deeds instead of divulging their wicked actions. I found it very interesting that you selected relevant and valid pieces of evidence on the Tyre King’s shooting case from both the victim and the police’s point of view. After reading your post, I was very curious about the incident, therefore I did read the original article you wrote about and did some additional research on it. I learned that after the event occurred, many people protested against the police officers involved in this tragic event and argued that the police misused excessively his power and involved racial profiling in this case. This made me think of a concept that I learned in my anthropology class which is the notion of “race” which refers to a social construct shaped by the dominant group in society. Whether classifying humans based on their race, skin colour or gender is as much as insignificant as it to distinguish people based on their profession. Therefore, it is also immoral to justify/evaluate an individual’s actions based on this idea of race. The people who I mentioned earlier can’t just conclude that because the victim was “black” and the police officers were “white” this automatically leads to racial profiling. We should instead focus on the real explanations behind the actions that took place and base our verdicts upon authentic facts! Your post is very constructive with good supportive arguments based on valid and relevant proofs.

Your article grabbed my interest because of its context. We are seeing a lot of racial classification that leads to police brutality in the news lately and this is why I wanted to learn more about it. I found it interesting how you analyzed this situation by saying that police officers don’t necessarily know what the person they are chasing is thinking and how they need to analyze the situation quickly to protect themselves. You offered a new way of viewing this situation without jumping the gun and saying its racism. This led me to go view the original article to see where you were coming from. When you mentioned that police officers are targeting African-Americans a lot more lately, it made me think of the concept of implicit racism that I learned about in my anthropology class at school. This is when someone has an unconscious bias towards a different racial or ethnic group of people. Most of the time, these biases are triggered when a person is faced with race-related problems. Anyone can be affected by this form of racism and never know they are. All and all, your article was very interesting to read and it was well structured.

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