My name is Jared Gaon and I am a Sophomore, Communications major here at the University of Maryland. The idea of police brutality is a huge issue in the United States and one that is only getting worse. How often do you hear about a police officer taking advantage of his or her power? There are thousands of reports of police misconduct each year – with many leading to death. Something has got to change. What if one of those fatalities happened to be you, or someone in your family? With this blog, we hope to further your knowledge in this field and explain one of the nation’s biggest issues.
My name is Steve and I am a junior Communications studies major. Seeing constant violence on the media is troubling and more troubling, and more troubling is the fact that the people who are supposed to stop it are often perpetrators themselves. Police violence is a major civil issue in the United States today, and it’s important to discuss necessary changes that can be made to improve our public safety.
My name is Harrison Gibert. I am a 23-year-old African American male at the University of Maryland. I am majoring in History and have plans to eventually work in or influence social justice in our country. As an African American male, the issue of police injustice is important because it is a problem that mostly effects the African American community. The history of our country has many roots of injustice. One of these injustices is police brutality, and through this blog we plan to talk about some of the injustices that come with police brutality and problems it causes in communities around the country. We will also visit potential reforms to correct the inequality and discrimination that takes place because of police brutality. Hopefully through this blog, we will be able to raise awareness of police brutality and suggest real reforms to aid our society.
Hello, my name is Emily and I am a 21 year old student at UMD. In the fall, I will be attending The Ohio State University School of Law, with an interest in criminal law and legislation. In our country, there has been injustice against African Americans by police officers and I believe there should be serious reform within our police system. This reform will help make our society more equal and will ensure the safety of American citizens. These issues our country is facing can easily be fixed with the right legislation and that is something that our lawmakers should focus their efforts on. Hopefully by creating this blog, some viewers will see the flaws in our police system and want to do something about it.
Apart from my interest in legislation and criminal law, I have personal experiences that make me so passionate about this topic. A few of my friends and family members have been victims of police brutality and have not received justice. Many of these incidents could have been prevented through the use of body worn cameras and other changes within our police system. To me, the police is not the enemy. There are a few bad cops out there who are responsible for injustices occurring. However, the entire system needs to be reformed in order to prevent the bad cops from getting away with their crimes.
The purpose of this blog is to call for legislative reform to the flawed police system in the United States. Many people are outraged by the incidents of police brutality and injustice happening daily, like the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. Social movements like Black Lives Matter have brought these issues to mainstream news and social media, and this blog’s purpose is to further convince readers why police reform is necessary.
In this blog, we will call for the mandatory use of police worn body cameras, the demilitarization the police force, and the end of stop and frisk policies. We believe that by legislatively correcting these problems, we will begin to take steps towards having liberty and justice for ALL Americans, not just some. Please follow along each week and read why we think there are problems in our current police system system and how we think they should be solved.