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Hubbard: The use of deadly force by police

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The prevailing killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown triggered a reminder of the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin and other black males gun down, senselessly. The killings must stop, police are in the community to protect and serve. Police, should get involved and know their community, the culture and understanding of individuals in the community they patrol. Even, neighborhood patrols, should be aware of their neighborhood.

The shooting of young black males in cities throughout the United States is at a disturbing rate. It is time to look at how police are trained and how deadly force is used in all departments. Also, we must look at how often deadly force is used on men of color unarmed.

According to the U.S. Justice Department’s Principles for Promoting Police Integrity. Law enforcement officers are authorized to use deadly force only when it is reasonable and necessary to protect the officer or others from imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or another person. If non-deadly force appears to be sufficient to accomplish an arrest or otherwise accomplish the law enforcement purpose, deadly force is not necessary. http://www.parc.info/deadly_force.chtml

Black and unarmed men killed by law enforcement

Michael Brown, 2014
Eric Garner, 2014
Kimono Gray, 2013
Kendrick McDade, 2012
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, 2012
Ervin Jefferson, 2012
Amadou Diallo, 1999
Patrick Dorismond, 2002
Ousmane Zongo, 2003
Timothy Stansbury Jr.,2004
Sean Bell, 2006
Orlando Barlow, 2003
Aaron Campbell, 2005
Victor Steen, 2009
Steven Eugene Washington, 2010
Alonzo Ashley, 2011
Wendell Allen, 2012
Ronald Madison and James Brissette, 2005
Travares McGill, 2005
Ramarley Graham, 2012
Oscar Grant, 2009

There must be more training for the use of non-lethal ways that officers can protect and serve the most vulnerable of our population, especially if they are unarmed. As parents of black males, mentors, and community leaders, we must teach our males to never put themselves in a compromising position with law enforcement. Armed or unarmed; if they do, they will lose and the confrontation will be deadly. Hands up. Don’t shoot.

“Guns are part of the American identity.”- Henry Rollin

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadly_force
http://www.ehow.com
http://watchmanreports.com
www.parc.info/deadly_force.chtml

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