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Police Brutality Towards African-Americans during Civil Rights Movement in 1963

1963: Civil Rights Movement
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Imani Crenshaw

on 1 June 2011

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Police Brutality in 1963 Police brutality was a serious issue during the 1960s for african americans. However, many believe that the most white hatred came from Birmingham, Alabama. How did the police affect blacks during the 1963 civil rights movement and in what way?? The police truly helped the civil rights movement, because they opened the eyes of all of the U.S. However, one of the most important to their cause was Bull Connor The following picture was used as an icon of the brutality blacks of all ages faced. This picture shows a teen being held while the dog is ready to attack. The head in charge in Birmingham,Alabama was Bull Connor. Because he was so influential, his actions towards the blacks left an even bigger idea of the south than others would have. In Birmingham, the jails were often filled during the civil rights campaign, all due to Bull Connor. His motto was "You've got to keep the white and the black seperate!" Connor did everything in his power to try and prevent integration. His most brutal tactic however, was police brutality. He had peaceful protesting blacks hosed down, beaten down, and even attacked by police dogs. Bull Connor When asked did he think he could keep segregation, he said simple " I my not be able to do it, but I'll die triyin'." When Americans saw the outright brutality going on right in their country, they felt shockeed, and many joined the cause in support of the Civil Rights Bill being passed. President Kennedy even said that, " The Civil Rights Movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln." MLK worked hard to get intergration and equality in every city in every state. He once said "We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality." Bibliography "martin luther king quotes." quotation source. Quotationsource.com - © 2010, 2010. Web. 31 May 2011. <http://www.quotationsource.com/q-1454-Negro-and-police-brutality.htm>. Written By Imani Crenshaw
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