This is an open letter to the Kansas City Police Department, regarding police brutality.
I’m writing this to make a difference of the KCPD in police brutality. Police are supposed to protect and serve, but they are using more excessive force then they needed to be. The changed I want in police brutality is that new recruits should be trained more and how to act properly against citizens. I care because if police are ending someone else’s life for just their appearance.
Police brutality is the use of excessive physical force, including beating citizens with hands or batons, or using stun guns (such as Tasers), teargas, and even lethal weapons. For the vast majority of citizens, this is something they never have experienced. Similarly, many police officers go their entire careers without ever having to draw their weapon or engage in a serious physical confrontation in order to protect themselves, or the public, from a potentially dangerous person. A very small percentage of law enforcement officials, however, are guilty of using excessive force against suspects without reason to do so. Although such actions are illegal—both in the United States and in many other countries—many incidents of police brutality go unreported and unprosecuted.
WHEN BALTIMORE EXPLODED in protests a few weeks ago following the unexplained paddy-wagon death of a young African-American man named Freddie Gray, America responded the way it usually does in a race crisis: It changed the subject. ¶ Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray's death were "thugs," or merely wrongheaded criminals. ¶ From Eric Garner to Michael Brown to Akai Gurley to Tamir Rice to Walter Scott and now Freddie Gray, there have now been so many police killings of African-American men and boys in the past calendar year or so that it's been easy for both the media and the political mainstream to sell us on the idea that the killings are the whole story.
In the crucible, they are afraid. In the police brutality both sides are fear. Both sides are trying to protect themselves from each other, Police defending themselves. The criminals doing the same thing. In the crucible, the girls were blaming others to protect themselves. They did not want to spill out about witchcraft. In police brutality both criminals and police wanted to protect themselves as well, and police sometimes overreacts things. Minorities are getting pulled over more by police, they are getting targeted more.
The change I want in KCPD is too act more properly even if that person has a different appearance. If things don’t change then it will go downhill. More innocent people will be more hurt from the police, its time we stand up and make a change!