Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System
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Police in America: "Licensed to Kill" | U.S #Capitol

Police in America: "Licensed to Kill" | U.S #Capitol | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

“Miriam Carey is the latest victim.  She deserved to live, not die… Incidents occur daily across America.  Blacks and Latinos are most vulnerable.  Police shoot innocent suspects for any reason or none at all…The Eight[h] Amendment prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” What’s crueler than state-sponsored cold-blooded murder.”



Via Tatjana Dimitrijevic
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Police in America can have incredibly skewed ideas of race because of countless stereotypes and myths.  An officer does not have to be racist or even believe these stereotypes to experience fear during a stop involving a race that has been stereotyped as "cop-killers."   Can you imagine the outcome of an officer whom actually believes these stereotypes?

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Whitney Rupnow's curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:04 PM

Here is what is most horrifying about this...it is extremely difficult for a police man/woman to get fired or even reprimanded by their department.  The question looked at when looking into police misconduct is, "was it within a reasonable officers realm of duty," anything can fit into that category, if a reasonable officer would do it and it is within the officers duties, they will not get reprimanded.  When it comes to racism and discriminatory acts, those who lead the system (the judges) are more than likely just as discriminate as the officers themselves.  This is why racist police brutality and misconduct continues to go on and why nothing is done to stop it. 

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High rates of incarceration among black men could be skewing study results - Scope (blog)

High rates of incarceration among black men could be skewing study results - Scope (blog) | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

"The implications of having a disproportionate number of black men drop out of prospective cohort studies because of incarceration are significant, even though the differences between loss to follow-up are not always large or significantly different between black men, white men, black women, and white women. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease and sickle cell disease are more common in black men than in white men and have complex factors that influence morbidity and mortality. This makes it important for analysts to have access to a large number of cases so that they can adjust for possible confounders."

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The high rates of incarceration of black men not only affects their population and communities; it is also affecting medical research that is being conducted for race specific diseases.  A majority of the subjects used in studies are incarcerated during their study, making it invaluable and a waste of time and money. 

 

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Over-Incarceration Nation

Over-Incarceration Nation | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
Find out how much more Texas spends on incarceration than on education, the disproportionate impact on African Americans, and how many prisoners in Texas jails have never even been convicted of the crime they are held for!

Via Concerned Citizen
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How much do you really know about the prison population of the United States?  Not only do minorities make up more than half a prisons' population, states are sacrificing the quality of education in order to keep up with this never ending growth in population.  The lack of education (and a parent(s) if incarcerated) dramatically increases the chance that child will be incarcerated in their future.

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Eric Holder Speaks Out on Zimmerman Case: Says Trayvon's Killing an 'Unnecessary Shooting' and Calls for 'Difficult' National Dialogue

Eric Holder Speaks Out on Zimmerman Case: Says Trayvon's Killing an 'Unnecessary Shooting' and Calls for 'Difficult' National Dialogue | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
In speaking today in front of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. addressed the ongoing national debate surrounding George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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Police are often acquitted in police shooting cases.  This was the outcome of the Rodney King beating, and continues to occur in the most recent police shootings and police brutality cases.  Often times it is a matter of the jury giving the officer benefit of doubt; nobody wants to incarcerate an officer who honestly thought their life was threatened.  (Although honesty is not always the case)

 

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death by cop video shot by police Micheal Moore on NYPD Racism & Police Brutality

Micheal Moore offer blacks a chance to trade in those dangerous wallets for bright orange ones. he also offers various methods of keeping yourself safe from ...
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Obama’s Former Spiritual Advisor Joshua DuBois on The Fight for Black Men

Obama’s Former Spiritual Advisor Joshua DuBois on The Fight for Black Men | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it
There are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in prison today than were slaves in 1850. It is not a crisis of crime. It is a crisis of people being left behind.

Via Tracey Winbush
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Racial stereotypes not only affect the view of a race by others;  they also affect how a race views themselves.  During the period of African-American slaves, whites degraded them in every way possible.  They abused black women, killed black men for crimes they didn't commit, and instilled the belief that blacks are inferior to whites.  The incredibly high incarceration rate among blacks today negatively affect the way they view police, allowing them to feel more vulnerable during police encounters.  It can also affect the way they think of themselves; if blacks are assumed to be criminals, why not live up to it? 

 

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The meteoric, costly and unprecedented rise of incarceration in America - Washington Post (blog)

The meteoric, costly and unprecedented rise of incarceration in America - Washington Post (blog) | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

"Popular support for politicians who are "tough on crime" helped feed these trends. And much research suggests that public opinion on the topic of crime and punishment has been heavily racialized, suggesting that we can't understand the rise in incarceration without acknowledging the mediating role of race."

 

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The overall increased incarceration rate is becoming far too costly.  Beginning with the "war on drugs", jails and prisons are becoming overcrowded, many at their max capacity.  The "war on drugs" jump started the high incarceration rates of blacks, and has not slowed down since.

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Stats Show Charlottesville Police More Likely to Frisk Blacks - NBC 29 News

Stats Show Charlottesville Police More Likely to Frisk Blacks - NBC 29 News | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

"Charlottesville police statistics show a racial disparity in warrantless patdowns conducted by city officers."

 

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This statistic isn't only true of Charlottesville.  This is a national statistic and is true of a majority of police departments.  Patdowns, traffic stops, and general police contact occurs more among minorities than whites.  Why is this? What can we realistically do to stop it?

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Police brutality Racist cop violates civil rights - YouTube.flv

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The young African American man in this video was initially confronted by the officer because his boxer shorts were hanging out of his pants and was walking on the side of the road toward traffic.  When I was a child, my parents always told me to walk towards traffic so that the people driving could see you and you could see them.  I highly doubt I am the only person that practices this theory.  Stops like this occur on a daily basis to minorities across our nation; most cops aren't caught because they are deviant enough to know their camera should be turned off or be away from their police vehicle.

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The Sentencing Project News - Racial Disparity

The Sentencing Project News - Racial Disparity | Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System | Scoop.it

"More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 is in prison or jail on any given day. These trends have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the "war on drugs," in which two-thirds of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color."

 

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Pictures are worth a thousand words.  If my words did not drive the point home yet, look at these pictures.

 

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