The N.Y.P.D.’s secrecy and scandal is similar to the African American Civil Rights Movement are similar because there was racial prejudice in both occurrences. After gaining control of the police records, a civil rights organizations processed the information and found that, “The results of the analysis… ‘small racial differences in the rates of frisk, search, use of force and arrest.’” (City Release Data to Crime Research Group). African Americans are more likely to be accused of crimes simply because they are black. People, along with police, often assume they have some part in the crime because African Americans have a history of being violent. However, there are plenty of African American citizens who are friendly and have good morals. Similarly, during the Civil Rights Movement, police and other white citizens were prejudice against African Americans. A primary group, known for their violence and racism, was the Klu-Klux Klan (KKK). In previous years, even closer to when slavery had just ended, the KKK would commonly attack, lynch, and hang African Americans. However, as technology and weapons became more advanced, so did the complexity of the attacks the KKK planned. The KKK continued becoming more violent, and, “The civil rights movement of the 1960s saw a surge of local Klan activity across the South, including the bombings, beatings, and shootings of the black activists.” (history.com/Klu-Klux-Klan). Within these two events, there was racism and prejudice against the African American populations. Unfortunately, racism and prejudice still exist today, which is a similarity between the N.Y.P.D. problem and the Civil Rights Movement.
Police Attack Peaceful Protesters
Between the N.Y.P.D and the African American Civil Rights Movement, are some differences that make each situation unique. The police nowadays are being accused for withholding information, however back in the 1960s, the police were able to get away with beating and killing peaceful African American protestors. Though the police scandal has grown and, “As criticism mounts over his administration efforts to keep disciplinary records secret, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio trying to shift attention to state lawmakers and away from his administration's strict interpretation of secrecy laws.” (De Blasio Shifts Blame Secrecy of Police Misconduct Records to State). Many citizens want the records to become public, yet the officials are lying and shifting blame to others in order to quell the tension. However, the police and other officials trying to stop the publication of records are being blamed for following an unconstitutional law. In stark contrast, the police officers during the Civil Rights Movement were able to get away with retaliation that was far more violent than necessary. Even the peaceful protesters, “During the Civil Rights Movement, members of the peaceful demonstrations: sit-ins, freedom rides, and boycotts, were always face with violence and brutality.” (Police a Brutality and Misconduct). Clearly, in different time periods, the police were not blamed for doing the wrong thing, rather than being accused justly. These are some ways that the two Civil Rights matters were different based on the amount of blame being accused at the police.