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Police Brutality

Police Brutality becomes worse and worse each day. It's an important matter in our country and it needs to stop.

Dear Future President,

     Our country has come a long way. In the 18 and 1900s, African Americans weren't allowed to use the same bathrooms, buses, schools, and even water fountains as white Americans. Just because we don't have segregation anymore, it doesn't mean racism didn't exist. Blacks are still being treated poorly and unfair. In 2015, 990 people were killed by police officers, and 258 of them were African Americans. So far this year, 708 deaths were documented and 173 resulted in African American deaths. It may not seem like much, but it is. Blacks only make up for 13% of the United States' population.

     It's definitely not okay that people get treated poorly because of the color of their skin. It looks that so many innocent people are killed almost daily because of some stereotypes. The amount of white people killed to blacks is a lot, considering they don't make up much of the population of the United States.

     Police Brutality has put a bad reputation on cops. Police officers are supposed to protect our community, not make others afraid of because of their skin color. Hatred for police is becoming more and more extreme, as people are doing violent protests, and burning down police stations. Police should shoot when they absolutely feel the need to, not just because they feel the slightest bit threatened. Especially if the suspect doesn't have a gun.

     A solution to this could be that police could get better training. If they feel threatened because of someone's skin color, they need to learn not to especially if the suspect doesn't have a weapon 

Peterson Middle School

8th Grade ELA

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