Police Brutality: Does Black Lives Matte
by Nickpou66 on September 13, 2016 - 1:59pm
The article “No Justice, No Peace” written by Cassandra Chaney and Danielle Joy Davis describe the events of August 9, 2014 in Ferguson Missouri and how the police misconduct lead to many riot and protests around North America.
In summary, the article describes the events of Ferguson when Michael Brown, an 18 years old black man got shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The shooting created many protests and riots in Ferguson and in the United States because it was not the first time a black man was shot for no valuable reason. The article highlights that police brutality is not a new phenomenon and that 23 years before the incident in Ferguson, there was still police brutality toward minorities (Rodney King). The death of Michael Brown just reminded the black community that there was clear racism by some police officers. The article also explains that the policeman that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson was not indicted for his action. People started to describe police brutality as “Routinely violating the constitutional rights of black residents” and that the justice is not punishing. The author also illustrates the gravity of the problem by saying that black teens are shot 21 times more then white people by police officers. The incident regarding Michael Brown just reminded the community on how black lives do not matter and that the security that the police are supposed to ensure is transformed by racist brutality that is not punished.
In the article, the morals and values being debated are well distinguished. On one hand the morals and values prone by the police are security, justice, freedom and the respect of the law while the morals and values prone by the citizens are peace, fairness, justice and human rights. In the article, the authors share the morals and values prone by the citizens that are that police officers are not respecting the constitutional rights of black people and that they are taking away their human rights. The authors explain that the police department in Ferguson and in many other states misconducts are not punished severely. The average sentence given to police officers that commit such acts is approximately 14 months. According to citizens, the police do not have morals and values, are racist and are taking away their human rights. On one hand, police officers want to prone freedom justice and security. Their acts according to them are pure acts of justice and that police brutality is necessary in certain cases. The authors and civilians do not agree with this statement because according to them, police officers are using in excess their powers without being punished.
In my opinion, I think that police brutality is a really important ethical issue because it does not reflect the primary mission of the police department, which is peace and security. I think that racism is the cause of police brutality and that police officers are not punished severely enough for their acts. It is not morally correct to take away lives and repeatedly violate the constitutional rights of black people. The police are the figure of authority in the country and their acts do not reflect how they should conduct themselves. Is there another way police departments can ensure safety without using unnecessary violence particularly toward minorities?
Work cited: Chaney, Cassandra. Davis, Danielle Joy. “No Justice, No Peace”. Journal of Black Studies, vol.39, no.4, winter 2015, pp.267-271