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Police Brutality

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Nathan Ervin

on 9 October 2014

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Transcript of Police Brutality

Police Brutality
Brought to you by:

Nathan Ervin
KeShae Trotter
Olivia Dawson
Cornelius Washington

Facts To Know
In one year in the US, as of the year 2011, 3,445 reports of police misconduct were issued.
In those reports, 4,778 individuals were victims.
Of those victims, 258 individuals suffered the most taxing form of police brutality: death.
One in 947 police officers is accused of sexual assault
One in 1875 "keepers of peace" are charged with homicide.
Think About It
You are almost two and a half times more likely to be sexually assaulted by a police officer than slipping and falling in the shower and dieing.
You are 2.6 more times likely to be the victim of a homocide by a police officer than the Earth is likely to be struck by an asteroid in the next 100 years.
What Defines Police Brutality?
Excessive Force:

Force used during a case that is considered beyond reasonable as defined by state laws.
Illegal Search and Seizure:

Protected against this form of brutality under the fourth amendment. However, with probable cause, your shield can be splintered.
Coerced Confession:

Any use of either physical, verbal and / or psychological intimidation tactics to furnish a confession from an individual are all prohibited.
Unlawful Arrest:

Arrests without probable cause or sufficient evidence, or detaining an individual with reason by private security officers and retail employees and citizens arrests are all prohibited.
Defined as causing intense mental or physical pain in order to induce or produce a goal, is strictly prohibited.
Tennessee Jan. 1st, 2003
James Smoak
James received permanent damage to his knee.
During the video it can be heard that Pamela Smoak specifically asks the officer (Eric Hall) to keep the doors closed so the dogs do not get out. He neglected to acknowledge her request.
Pamela stated that the dog that was shot was simply playing. As a young boy, her son played with that particular dog using a flashlight and acting naturally, the canine leaped at the opportunity to have fun.
In compensation, the family was awarded $77,000 from the State through their lawsuit, and $9,000 in damages.
The other lawmen involved were not charged. Eric however, was simply placed in administrative forces for two months.
Project Piece Proposal
We propose to create an artistic representation of police brutality on campus, in which we will create a mock crime scene using yellow police tape to partition off the "crime scene." Inside will be a chalk outline of a person and chaotically strewn pieces of "evidence" with details of our research about police brutality. Our intent is to elicit emotion and bring attention to the issue of state-sanctioned injustice.
On August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson had an altercation with Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

The details of the shooting are in dispute: eyewitnesses say Brown was killed while trying to surrender, but police say Brown assaulted Wilson prior to the shooting.

Wilson shot and killed Brown in the early afternoon of Saturday, August 9, outside of an apartment complex.
Wilson stopped Brown because he was jaywalking, not because Wilson believed him a robbery suspect.

Brown was unarmed. All the shell casings found on scene were from Wilson's gun.

At least one round was fired from inside Wilson's squad car. Brown died about 35 feet from the car.

An independent, preliminary autopsy found Wilson shot Brown at least six times from the front, and two of the bullets struck Brown on the head. One of the bullets appears to have hit the top of Brown's head. "This one here looks like his head was bent downward," Dr. Michael Baden, who conducted the autopsy on behalf of Brown's family, told the New York Times. "It can be because he's giving up, or because he's charging forward at the officer."
Mike Brown Friend Witness
Wilson has been on the police force for six years, and he has had no disciplinary action on his record. He has been put on paid administrative leave following the shooting. :/
May 20, 1996 – August 9, 2014
Michael Brown Jr
Law enforcement is systematically racist
-In 2012, a person of color was killed by a cop every 28 hours
-In NYC, people of color are ~1/2 the population yet 80% of police stops in 2009
-8% of white people stopped were frisked, compared to 85% were people of color
-About 90% of the latter were innocent
-People of color do and sell about the same amount of drugs but are 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely to be arrested for a drugs-related charge
Police ignore conditions, disabilities, and mental illness
-22% of those killed by police in 2012 were mentally ill or intoxicated.
-1/14: A 64-year-old man was beaten and charged with resisting arrest when he reached for his license which explains he's deaf.
-cops beat a deaf man unconscious, mistaking him for a burglar and his sign language as aggressive motions.
-2/14: A deaf man entering diabetic shock whilst stranded on the side of the highway was repeatedly tasered by the "assistance" he requested.
"Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse." -Cornell West
Shoot to kill?
A fire fighter was arrested while he was trying to help two victims of a car crash, all due to him not moving his truck.
Arresting people of color for no reason with no evidence.
The New York City Frisk Departments, "stop and frisk" practice found that it resulted in 400,000 stops of innocent African Americans, and Latino New Yorkers.
Pearl Pearson, 64
Man arrested for no reason.
-Trained to aim at torso, not merely to disable suspect, even if deadly weapon is not proven to be present
-Law based on 1985 case wherein ruled that cops may use "any means necessary" to apprehend suspect; at the time was 15 year-old boy
of burglary as he fled
-Infringement of 4th Amendment-- "reasonable searches & seizures without warrant" -- Various interpretations of "reasonable"
An officer forced his way in to another mans home and arrested his friend for no reason-- without probable cause or search warrant.
Abuse of Authority is Psychological
-In 1971, Stanford conducted an experiment on students to examine the conflict between prisoners and guards.
-Students were assigned a role and instructed to act as such.
-The "guard" students began to psychologically abuse the "prisoners" while prisoners became subservient and passive.
-The abuse got so extreme that the experiment was called off after only 6 days.
Watts an african american woman said she was arrested by police because they thought she was a prostitute.She and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas - better known as celebrity chef Cheffy Be*live - accuse police of racism for arresting them after they were seen showing affection in public.

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