Jaxon S. California

Police Shooting By Race

The Law system oppresses blacks and people of color. Police shoot first and ask questions latter and this needs to stop because innocent lives are being lost.

Dear Future President,

Police brutality and an unfair justice system are a big problem that needs to be addressed. 123 black americans have been shot and killed by police in the last year alone. This is a relatively high amount considering that only 13% of Americans belong to this ethnic group. One way you could solve this problem is by having harsher punishment for police shooting because. It is murder not self-defense when the person killed is unarmed. Another way to fix the problem is by requiring more police training that trains police officers to defuse dangerous situation verbally instead of with violence. This problem needs to be solved because innocent people are getting killed and it is splitting the country apart.

According to ABC News, a black 18 year old named CJ Snell was fatally shot and killed by police even though he was in handcuffs. CJ’s sister witnessed the shooting and stated, “when she got up, she saw her brother in handcuffs. "At the end of the day, the cops came and shot my brother." The article states,, “Family members say he was shot five times, but police have not commented on that number.”. The Associated Press reported that a black gate on the property where the shooting occurred was riddled with six bullet holes.” This means that there were a minimum of 11 bullets shot either before or after he was handcuffed and this would have been unnecessary and all CJ Snell did was drive through town. (explain the last part of this paragraph, it is unclear).

Also, the Washington Post states ¨that the Black Lives Matter narrative about a racist criminal-justice system is false and dangerous — dangerous to innocent black lives that are being lost..¨ This shows how black lives are being put in danger for things that they haven't (haven’t what?) The article also goes on to talk about how this is putting police lives in danger because now they are becoming targets for violence and retaliation. This is very important because it can lead to a lot of violence and harm toward people of all races.

Lastly, the Washington Times interviewed Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison about racial injustice. She stated, ¨This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,” said Ms. Morrison, who also has won the Pulitzer Prize for her work, which includes the bestsellers “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon.” “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.¨ In this statement she is showing how she will not change her opinion on how the justice system is unfair until African americans are treated and judged equally to white americans. (this paragraph is jolting. Exceptional quotes and explanations!)

In conclusion, police brutality and the unfair judgement based on different race are major problems that need to be fixed. Innocent lives are being lost everyday of all races because of poor training and unfair law enforcement. In order for America to stay united as one nation these actions must come to a halt, because people will not stand for a country that oppresses its minorities.


Jaxon Sawyer

Bernal Intermediate

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