Less Force, More Peace: Racial Tensions and Police Discrimination against Minority
The racial tensions have been boiling over for years now, many negro men feel the police force is targeting them. African Americans perceive force exerted on them during arrest may be very excessive. There is a growing feeling of injustice growing regarding police in their neighborhoods; which makes it hard to feel safe when police are in the neighborhood. This causes confusion between the police and minority groups and there are evident mixed emotions evident between the two communities. The occurrences of fatal and excessive takedowns created an attitude that there is low confidence in law enforcement. There are many factors that could have prevented these excessive takedowns. Which could include using tasers. This ongoing problem is growing in the United States and will produce a divided nation.
Less Force, More Peace
Police discrimination against minority men during arrest is a social issue because it is dividing the United States and creating tension between the police force and the Negro community. This excessive force used during arrest lead to other African American men to act out of character during encounters with law enforcement. Various encounters have ended as fatal disasters. One solution that could help erase this tension is for the officer and offender to enter the situation with clear heads during arrest. To attain success for this movement Men of color must work with law enforcement to address the excessive force used during arrest to ensure they are safe.
Resulting from the excessive force used during arrest force men of color to put up a wall against police officers and create unnecessary tension between the two communities. Conversely, Building the relations between the police department and urban communities stand at halt. Furthermore, the “lack of aid…[and] lack of confidence in police officers[are] potential reasons individuals do not support community policing” (Griggs, 2017, p. 6). Instances of the police department enforcing brutality on people of color has depleted confidence in the ability to protect and serve. The community must find a way to cooperate with police and eliminate confusion between the black man and police officers. African American men should lead their community and hold meetings with the police department to discuss the issue of excessive force. Furthermore, law enforcement needs to find a way to cooperate with black men. This will lead to a progression in the United States, by bringing two clashing communities together to work cooperatively as one.
Without a doubt the leaders of the negro community have the power to influence others into cooperating during encounters. Throughout the communities protest will be led through the cities by black men for the “Less Force, More Peace” campaign on Facebook and Twitter. This campaign will advocate for minorities unjustly beaten and or killed by law enforcement during arrest. There are many black men that question their safety and because of arrest gone wrong “confidence in local police… [is] considerably lower among blacks” (Morin &; Stepler, 2016, para.8). The percent of African Americans that have faith in their community police departments is substantially lower than those of the Caucasian descent. This is why black men shouldn’t hesitate at an opportunity to make change. Leading these nation wide protest for the “Less Force, More Peace” campaign these men will shift the popular opinion about community policing across the United States
There is avoidable tension between the police force and men of color because of the known history of excessive force being exerted during arrest or takedowns. Someone powerful enough and relatable to black men take a stand and lead a movement throughout black communities so it will create a kick start toward peace between police and black men. Powerful men of color need to seize the opportunity to create a movement that will end excessive force from police to create peace among communities, and save innocent black men from fatal run ins with law enforcement.
- Griggs, A. (2017), African-American perceptions of community-oriented policing programs, Retrieved from The Aquila Digital Community.
- Morin, R., & Stepler R. (2016), The racial confidence gap in police performance, Retrieved from Pewsocialtrends.org.