Police Brutality

Police brutality is when excessive force is used by a police officer during an encounter with a citizen—it is a problem that disproportionately affects people of color. Excessive force can be either emotional or physical, or both. A few infamous examples of police brutality are the instances with Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In 2015, Gray was arrested and transported by a police van, and when he arrived at the police station, paramedics treated him, and within an hour of his arrest he was in a coma. One report found that “blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred.”

Resources

Shocking Police Brutality Statistics - Looking at the hard data.

http://mic.com/articles/129981/10-police-brutality-statistics-that-are-absolutely-shocking#.Zx73USf9n

 

People of Color Killed by Police - 1999-2014.

http://gawker.com/unarmed-people-of-color-killed-by-police-1999-2014-1666672349

 

Police Violence - Geographic mapping and accountability.

http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

 

”Black-ish” - Realistic portrayal on television.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/michaelblackmon/blackish-on-police-brutality?utm_term=.qrw8AkGXE#.se8ajWqYG

 

Police Excessive Force - Resources asking for reform.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/police-excessive-force

 

Deaths at the Hands of Police in Maryland - Summary of data.

https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-update-least-21-people-died-police-custody-maryland-2015

 

Police Culture in Baltimore - Brutality as the norm.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-brutality-of-police-culture-in-baltimore/391158/

 

Police Brutality in the United States - Five shocking facts.

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/10/22/5-facts-about-police-brutality-in-the-united-states-that-will-sh/21252144/

 

Police Brutality - Mad Lib and reality.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-poet-made-a-police-brutality-mad-lib-and-its-devastating_us_56f2a704e4b04c4c37609ff5?utm_hp_ref=police-brutality

 

Fatal Police Shootings 2015 - Breakdown data of 385 events.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatal-police-shootings-in-2015-approaching-400-nationwide/2015/05/30/d322256a-058e-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html