Who causes most of this conflict to occur, can citizens do anything to help?
People who claim to be victims of police brutality claim that that it was 100% the officers fault, but the victim probably could have done something to make the officer feel at ease or better about what is happening. First of all, an article published by CNN says that “That smile would have put that cop at ease. That smile could have saved his life, if only he was willing to paint it on his face for a few seconds. But, no, he wanted to be hard and disrespectful instead” (CNN 9). The article is stating that the person that was being encountered by the police could have reacted more polite and respectful towards that officers which would probably put him at ease and could have saved that person's life if they were killed. They state that something as easy as a smile could have helped the cop feel like there is no reason to worry for a threat. Similar to the first piece of evidence, Andrew Walter states that “If police departments were to make attempts to increase sensitivity and participate in training designed to reduce violence, and if groups of citizens continue to encourage their local police departments to reduce violence, police brutality can be reduced”. Citizens are all about trying to reduce and get rid of the police brutality but aren’t doing much other than protesting. This article is stating that if citizens were to encourage and interact with their police departments not only will it make the police officers feel better but it will also make the citizens feel more comfortable and safe. These two pieces of evidence can relate because they both involve ways that citizens can help police officers feel more comfortable and could possibly reduce and get rid of the police brutality that is occurring. Overall, I believe that both Police Departments and citizens can help solve this major conflict and people in general need to quit racially profiling people.
Are Police Officers racially targeting people?
Many sides have been taken on this conflict and people so know the facts before they blame. First of all, an article published by Hive stated that “a number of officers—including supervisors—were found to have posted blatantly bigoted comments on social media”. This piece of evidence clearly shows that some officers are racially targeting people and activist groups. A lot of people are now starting to take action upon this conflict which is helping and hurting the issue. While many people believe this entire trend revolves around racial disparity, Jacqueline Howard states that, “according to the new findings, once an actual stop or arrest occurs, that racial disparity disappears, and blacks face no greater risk of injury or death”. This article states that depending on the reason why the police are involved that racial disparity is gone and it does not increase the chance of something racially profiling or harassment to occur. These two pieces of evidence connect because they both involve race and how race does or does not have to do with the subject of police brutality. Overall, I do not think that racial disparity plays a major role in this conflict, I believe it relates more towards the police officer itself, and police officers should get more training so they do not have to rely on lethal force.