Thursday, September 8, 2016

Title: Chicago Releases Videos From Police Officers’ Killing of 18-Year-Old

  -Summary/reaction to the article: This article touches upon police brutality and videos showing unnecessary shooting that were uploaded lately. the videos showed 3 polices shooting at least 10 rounds at a fast paced stolen car at an unarmed 18 year old African American in the back, named Paul O' Neal. The videos aren't showing the fatal shooting itself but does show the images of the cops running, shouting, and gunshots. Officials say the shooting wasn't recording but the police department are investigating weather the recorder malfunctioned, or was turned off. Mr. Opennheimer sees the missing footage as part of their cover up. The 3 officers who shot at the victim has been stripped of their police authority which is pending upon the investigation. The policy also stated that officers can't shoot at a vehicle unless it is a threat against them. Another policy was later made that any video showing police shootings should be made public within 60 days. Paul O' Neal's death is seen as a murder.
US History Connection: This Article relates to the black lives matter movement and the Black Panthers Party in 1966 which was a group that fought against police brutality against African Americans. They thought that Martin Luther King's non-violent campaign had failed and used violence as their voice.  
Question(s) for discussion:
-Why do you think the officers shot Paul O' Neal even though they knew of the policy stating that you can't shoot at a vehicle unless it is a threat to them?
-What do you think the officers were trying to achieve by shooting Paul O' Neal?

9 comments:

  1. "Necessary" is a relative term. What may be perceived as necessary to some in the moment may be interpreted as non-essential to others after the fact. The shortcoming of the law to really describe what is "necessary" and not in terms of shooting should not be blamed on the officers. What should be the officer's fault is the killing o an innocent man - that is unacceptable and should be punished.

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  2. It is upsetting to see how much the world has changed and how much violence has been brought up in the last years. The accidents dealing with police brutality has seemed to increase and should change. No one is safe and the people who we think are protecting us are potentially hurting the community. Just because they have power to take action of a situation doesn't mean they should add violence. The young boy had been caught in a mistake and for that reason his life was taken away. The innocence of the situation is what makes it hard to trust anybody now a days.

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  3. I think that the police officers were using racial profiling to shoot the black man in his car. They were more suspicious of him because of his skin color. They were being racist and they claimed to be in danger because they saw him as a threat to their safety. They probably wouldn't have felt the same if the person was white. This problem of police brutality is becoming more and more prominent in today's world. The organization blacklivesmatter is one that fights the issue of police brutality.

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  4. I agree with Fatima that it is very upsetting to see this uproar of racism and brutality in the police community. These shooting are happening more and more frequently and even though there are riots and protests, nothing has really happened to stop these shootings. It is very wrong to shoot innocent people that are doing nothing to the police officers and I think that the officers who shot Paul are racist and shot him only because he was black.

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  5. It is possible that the officers shot Paul O' Neal just because of his race. However, it is hard to tell what the officers were trying to achieve by doing this crime. They might have had done this to satisfy their hatred towards blacks, and to make a statement to the public. This will probably create a bigger short term impact on our society rather than a long term one, but more conflicts like this can happen in the future because of this event. It is important to encourage people in America to accept other groups of people before hatred towards other races will rise again.

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  6. I feel that the shooting would have been of a racial stand point because of what they believe is right and just to do. I feel that the evidence given in this blog posts really doesn't give a clear view of what their objective was in the shootings so I would assume that it was purely based off of the officers thoughts when taking those few moments behind the shootings.

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  7. I think the officers shot Paul O' Neal even though he did not have a weapon or was a threat is because in America today there is still various amounts of discrimination and racism. Although there is not clear evidence on what actually happened, i think the police thought during the time of the incident, it was a life or death situation between the suspect. I think there is still a lot not said, but from this point of view I think it was solely because of racial segregation.

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  9. I agree with all of them up, i feel like the police were being racist, as Aaron said,if it was a white guy, the police might not think that he is a threat. The sad part of this is that the police judges him base on his skin color and how he looks.

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