Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Police body cameras

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Comments from the author on police shootings

Having followed the news on this my views are that there does seem to be a real disconnect between a lot of people of colour and those that are employed to Serve and Protect. And from figures bounded about it is said that a higher number of deaths were being met  by black people, also other ethnic minorities.

A news report

The justifiable homicide victims of 2012 were overwhelmingly male — the FBI's records included 11 women and 415 men. They were also, as are most people that interact with the criminal justice system, disproportionately black. Black Americans make up 13 percent of the US population, but the FBI's data shows that 32 percent of the felons killed by officers in 2012 where black. Fifty-two percent were white, and 12 percent were Hispanic.

Obama asks Congress to fund 50,000 police body cameras

Comments from the author on racial profiling

The existence of racial profiling dates back to slavery. In 1693, Philadelphia’s court officials gave police legal authority to stop and detain any Negro (freed or slaved) seen wandering around on the streets. This discriminatory practice continued through the Jim Crow era and now in the twenty first century, racial profiling is prevalent across cities in the U.S.
Racial profiling is a tool used by police forces all over the world. It is controversial and I believe the height of laziness. Police have used racial profiling in in the UK in stop and search tactics 2012.
Racial profiling alienates vast sections of society and I believe the negatives outweigh any perceived positives
People have called for it to end in the UK and yesterday President Obama called for it to be stopped.

News report

Racial Profiling in the UK

Although racial profiling is not officially used in the UK the statistics do show otherwise. Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, police officers are permitted to stop and search individuals with justifiable cause. According to the statistics provided by the Ministry of Justice some police do seem to be using racial profiling. Asian people were over five times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. Black people were seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. Only 0.6% of the searches ended in arrests for terrorism offences.

Why Racial Profiling isn’t Working

There have been a number of high profile cases that have highlighted the flaws in racial profiling. Colleen Larose, the middle aged, white, Philadelphian suburban dwelling woman is the antithesis of the typical terrorist profile. Self named ‘Jihad Jane’ was arrested on charges of conspiring with overseas militants to murder and if necessary to become a martyr for radical Islam causes. Colleen Larose is only one of many terrorists who do not fit the usual racial profile. Larose, along with many other white terrorists, is one of the reasons why racial profiling has been seriously undermined when it comes to profiling criminals.

US attorney general calls for end to racial profiling

US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced plans to "help end racial profiling once and for all".

He was speaking in Atlanta in the wake of mass protests surrounding the shooting dead of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman.

Mr Holder was speaking at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where Martin Luther King preached.

President Barack Obama has requested funds to improve training and provide body cameras for the police.

Comments from the author on rebuild the trust

Whenever incidents  like recent events in the US and similar incidences in UK , (Stephen  Lawrence, Mark Duggan, the shooting in the Oval) efforts need to be taken politicians and senior law enforcement officers to readdress the situation going forward. While investigations are still going on with the Mike Brown case and Tamir Rice I am pleased to see that body cameras are being promised and emphasis on building trust is being employed. We all condemn the looters and law breakers but let it not distract us from the real , underlying issues which are evident.


7 JULY 2016 
Image result for Philando Castile Fatal shooting of black man Philando Castile by police during traffic stop in Minneapolis caught on video by girlfriend

JULY 2016

Protests as Louisiana police shoot and kill black man selling CDs on Baton Rouge street

Sterling was selling CDs early Tuesday outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, the source said, when the homeless man approached him and asked for money.

The man was persistent, and Sterling showed him his gun, the source said.

"I told you to leave me alone," Sterling told the man, according to the source.

The homeless man then used his cell phone to call 911.

The details about the 911 call shed new light into the Baton Rouge police's high-profile fatal shooting of Sterling, a 37-year-old black man.

September 20th 2016

According to department spokesman Keith Trietley, officers saw the man get out of the car with a gun and then get back in. When officers approached the car, the man got out of the car with the gun again. At that point, officers deemed the man a threat and at least one fired a weapon, he said. A weapon was recovered by detectives at the scene.

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