Police Shootings Police aren't living up to their jobs and have been killing innocent people

Glossary

Acquitted: not guilty/free of charge

Fatal: causing death

Fleeing: Avoiding the problem/ running away from danger

Misdemeanors: less serious than a felony and is a wrongdoing

Convict: supposed to be doing(jail-time)

felony: a major crime such as murder that leads to jail time

Are police targeting certain groups of people?

Police agencies won't agree that they're profiling due to the damage it will leave on more officers but statistics show African Americans are more likely to be killed due to stereotypes. The U.S News says "Police officials denied racial profiling drives the disparity, and said the department investigates complaints of racial profiling." I think police are denying profiling because it will hurt their reputation even more and will make them look worst then people already see them as. Recent research done by Mercury News shows that police are killing unarmed black males and that others are protesting the deaths of 2 black men. People are protesting because they don’t agree with the police and are wanting justice for the person that has been killed. Another study shows that unarmed blacks have been mistakenly fired at. One other statistic says that black men are three times more likely to be killed than white males. Blacks might have a higher chance of being killed due to stereotypes because blacks are looked upon as dangerous people. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says that "13% of blacks are pulled over while 10% of whites are pulled over these statistics aren’t just shown when pulled over because of stops but also from tickets, arrests, and license suspensions." One reason why blacks might be pulled over more is because they are known to drive more miles and they might also drive places where there is a larger police presence. Not only is it just because of shootings but also fatal accidents. Not only is it because of shootings but also fatal accidents which leads to police needing to be investigated.

What happens to the police after they shoot an unarmed person?

We don't know exactly what happens after police shoot an unarmed person because we can't get ahold of clear records, for they are not on the internet for everyone to see. According to the KUT 90.5 they say "violated several departmental policies". It different states the officers can be convicted of different things. Studies show that police have to do interviews and psychological evaluations. Even though the police have to do interviews to find out everything that happened they will be put on paid leave. Normally after the case of a death things are tracked but Us Today's article it says “No one regularly chronicles the use of police force, how many people are killed in confrontations with officers or how many officers are prosecuted or convicted.” Due the lack of attention on the police force it decreases the watchdogs reliability. Some police have even been acquitted for their actions. USA Today mentions "Ohio, for example, does not require an investigation of police shootings by an agency other than the one for which the officer works." I don't think this is fair. I think this because if a police has used too much force they should investigate the officers, so then the officers can learn from their actions, and I think they can learn from their actions if they had body cameras to reflect on what they did.

Why aren’t more officers wearing body cameras?

Body Cameras will not make a difference on how police will act or say because the cameras aren't able to catch the officers feelings. According to The Orion it states “I do not believe the recent shooting would have ended any differently if a camera was present.” Some studies done on body cameras talk about how increasing body cameras will decrease police officers force. Cato Institute says "a fairly common recommendation for reducing police misconduct is to increase use of body cameras." I believe that if body cameras are lowering the numbers of deaths due to misconduct that all officers should be forced to wear body cameras. Not only will body cameras decrease the numbers and rates it will also gain people's respect for officers because there will be evidence on what the officer did while in contact with a suspect. It will also show if the person is fleeing against the police. People are starting to question if body cameras are starting to work and if it's decreasing the amount of force they use. The answer to that is there is not enough data collected to tell if the cameras are working or not. People are asking for body cameras so they can help to decrease the number in deaths.

Which year had the highest death rates by police?

What are the rates of deaths in a year by police you might be asking? BBC states that, " 10 years from 2006 to 2015 the annual average number of police deaths was 49.6 and blacks are being shot at a rate that's 2.5 times higher than whites (Newsweek)." In the year of 2015 there was almost 1,400 deaths by fatal encounters. "From 2000-2014, FE records at least 12,137 people killed by police, compared to just 5,830 reported to the FBI by police over the same period(Newsweek)." The most recent years are the years with the most deaths. I think we need to re-evaluate our training for police to help bring down the number in deaths.

Are police being trained properly?

I don't think police are being trained properly because if they were there would be lower numbers on deaths and it wouldn't be on the news like once a month. ABC News mentions "in late August, a police officer shot and killed a man after he mistook the man’s cigarette lighter for a gun(Campbell and Foreman)." The Atlantic “There’s a set of training that is designed to help officers deal with situations that become escalated because of emotions and because the person they’re dealing with might have mental challenges(MacArthur)." While others say its not a training issue...there has to be some sort of miscommunication. How come police are still being payed while on leave even though it's still being investigated?

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