In this week's media, yet another news report of a black man being shot and killed by police has come to the surface. In the video clip, you see the scenario being filmed by a helicopter circulating overhead. The video displays a black man with his hands behind his head and four police officers pointing guns at him. The man did not appear to be aggressive towards the police nor made any attempts to hurt them. You also hear the pilot in the helicopter say, "He looks like a bad guy too." Implying that his mere looks automatically made this man a criminal and justified him being killed.
The man shot in the video was Terence Crutcher, a 40 year old man who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before the shooting happened, Terence's car had broken down in the middle of the road and as soon as police arrived, they told him to put his hands up. Terence did not comply seeing as he had no reason to put his hands up, which led to his gruesome killing. When is enough going to be enough? When will America realize there is a problem and start making a difference?
Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Terence Crutcher, etc, The list continues to grow and grow. Racial discrimination is a serious issue among the police department and the evidence is too strong to deny that it is real. People of color are more frequently stopped than whites are and they are almost always deemed as dangerous. Just by America and law enforcement admitting that there is a problem that needs to be fixed can really turn these unfortunate events around. According to Las Vegas, their police department realized there was a big problem in targeting people who were harmless and they made a change, resulting in a 36% decrease in police shootings. We need to all come together to fight the injustice.
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