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Police Brutality Must Be Stopped

In the first three months of 2016, 250 people have been fatally shot by police officers. According to the Washington Post near the end of the year about 1,000 people have been shot by police officers.

Dear Mr. / Mrs. next President,

Laws should be made to end Police Brutality. So many men, women, Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics are getting killed or fatally wounded by men in badges. I say men because the Washington Post put out an article called ‘One way to curb police brutality that no one is talking about’  and states that “ Female officers are better at defusing potentially violent confrontations before those encounters turn deadly." It would help tremendously if more women were put on the force. For they are most likely to make more rational decisions, but I should not say that all police women are good. Betty Shelby killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher on tape.  CNN did a whole article with evidence to back it up.

In the first three months of 2016, 250 people have been fatally shot by police officers, according to the Washington Post near the end of the year about 1,000 people will have been shot by police officers, and I can bet that most of the police officers that shot the victim, have not been prosecuted for their crime. In Chicago women have been at the forefront of the police shootings. Bettie Jones(55) and Quintonio LeGrier(19) have been shot and killed by police. The 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was shot by a detective who was off-duty.

The NYPD has a record of police brutality as well. Sean Bell was murdered on the morning of his wedding day by a police officer who was undercover; the police officer sent 50 rounds at Bell’s car and those rounds killed Bell and severely injured his friends, as reported by On Thanksgiving 1976, Randolph Evans was shot and killed by Officer Robert Torsney. Evans was 15-years-old. “Officer Torsney would later claim he had been afflicted with a rare form of epilepsy that, remarkably, had never been noticed before the killing and was never seen after it,” said the New York Times. However there are more victims of these vicious crimes committed by the ones who should be protecting us.

Alton Sterling was a 37-year-old man who was selling CD's and such outside of a convenience store. He was shot by two white officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, and the officers only got administrative leave. Michael Brown(18) was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 by the white police officer Darren Wilson. Though witnesses claim that Brown was the aggressor, other say Wilson was. Philando Castile was nearly a week away from his birthday, when he was shot and later killed in front of his fiance and daughter in his car. According to CNN Castile’s uncle said, the images of his nephew dying are the "most horrific thing I've ever seen in my life." The officer that shot him, Jeronimo Yanez, and a witness Officer Joseph Kauser were both put on standard administrative leave. CNN reported one officer was put on paid administrative leave.

I request the installment of body cameras and microphones. That there must always be a second police officer present, and if an event like the ones I mentioned previous, then the officer(s) should not get paid leave. Section 1983, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 enables anyone to file a civil action for lack of constitutional and federal statutory rights by anyone acting under “color of law”, should be enforced. It allows the offended to state that if a police officer were to make an unjust act, that would be a violation of the law. 

I hope this letter reaches you and sparks something in you that will make you act upon it. Countless live are being taken by people in blue and it should stop, or at least go down to a number that doesn't make mothers' fear for their children's lives every time they step out of the house.

Best Regards,


Troy High School

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