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English 101When some people hear the words “Police Officer” a few words such as disgust, racist, and bias come to mind. Others tend to look up to police officers for doing their job and protecting our communities. However, multiple incidents over the last few years have caused people to change their minds. Yes, the people of Ferguson, Missouri, in particular, have changed from having positive outlooks towards police officers to negative.
The chokehold causing the death of Eric Garner in New York City, to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, are situations that have been used recently against all police officers to make them appear to be racist. Because of these incidents police around the United States have been accused of this atrocious attitude. However, most police officers should not unjustly be accused of racial discrimination because of the few amount of officers that may in fact be racist.
As you know, on August 9th, 2012 around 12:00 PM, Michael Brown an 18 years old male, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson who was then employed with the Ferguson Police Department. Because Michael Brown was unarmed, and was shot to death, this made many of Tuttle 2Ferguson and surrounding citizens furious. Protests began and civilians began to attack the police officers of Ferguson, MO.
As a result of threats made towards the police station, Darren Wilsons name was not released for several days. People in the Ferguson community have claimed “It is likely that an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, would be alive today if Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson had followed generally accepted practices” (para 1). In other words many of the local…