hey "CASUAL" readers!
you've probably heard a lot about police brutality this year, but you may not know much about it. police brutality is the unwarranted or excessive use of force by law enforcement when dealing with civilians. this is a very serious issue that we hope to educated you about. our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. to better help the victims, you might consider donating to individual GoFundMe pages.
a brief history:
1838: the first American Police Department is established in Bostan, MA.
1929: the Illinois Association for Criminal Justice publishes the Illinois Crime Survey to analyze crime in the area. the study finds that although African-Americans make up on 5% of the area's population, they constitute 30% of the victims of police killings.
1960s: during the Civil Rights Era, police officers use tear gas, dogs, and fire hoses to disperse protesters.
1991: video footage shows Rodney King, a black male, being beaten repeatedly with a baton by police officers. black newspapers and media outlets help the video go viral and bring attention to police brutality.
2012: 17-year-old black male Trayvon Martin is shot by police officer George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin was visiting his relatives and unarmed at the time of the attack. the officer was aquitted after claiming "self-defense" in trial. this incident sparked the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
2020: black male George Floyd is killed by police officer Derek Chauvin. video footage of the incident goes viral worldwide and sparks international protests and movements.
speeches on police brutality over the years:
malcolm x in 1962
jesse williams in 2016
question to think about:
in what ways are these two speeches sharing similar/different messages on police brutality?