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White Police Officers and Black Americans

There are so many cases of black people who have been killed
by police officers in the US.

In many cases, the police officers were not charged.
I was wondering why the police officers had to kill black people. The police operate
in a challenging job where they are authorized to use deadly force with their guns
when warranted. In my personal opinion, it is a challenging environment where emotions
can run high and police have to make split second decisions when fear, power
and self-defense all can be tangled with the decision whether or not they
should shoot their gun.

It takes great discipline and responsibility to act appropriately, especially
when you are dealing with potential criminals that may not care about any code of ethics,
rules, or laws.

This is just my personal observation.

Also, a stereotype exists where white police officers perceive African-Americans are
usually criminals. Some think that it is a subconscious idea buried in their minds,
while some may actually be legitimately racist.

Of course, there many respectful and hardworking officers who
work for citizens as public servants. In a lot of fields of work, there can be
a small percentage of the people who come to exemplify the majority of
the workers in the career field when they make a mistake or do something wrong.
That may or may not be fair, but those who do wrong can often create a perception
in the eyes of the public that exemplifies everyone in their respective community.
This seems especially true for policemen in light of the George Floyd tragedy and
the Rodney King beatings as high profile cases that rocked the fabric of society
in America.

Let’s take a closer look at some cases that were not as widely publicized
but have still been documented.

BuzzFeed News had a list of young black people who were
killed by white officers in 2014 to 2015, I would like to review these cases.
These black people were mainly killed by white police officers. Only the people
who were actually there can know for sure what the context of the situation was
and what the police officer’s true intent was. Having said that, it has been labeled
that these African-Americans were killed as a result of police misjudgment.
If police officers did not kill these black people, they would still be alive today.

1. Dontre Hamilton, 31years old (April 30, 2014), Milwaukee.
He had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
He was fatally shot. The police officer was not charged.

2. Eric Garner, 43 years old (July 17, 2014), New York.
Chokehold for 15 seconds. Allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

3. John Crawford III, 22 years old (Aug. 5, 2014), Dayton, Ohio.
He had been holding a toy BB gun. Killed by a police officer
at Walmart. (Officers were not charged)

4. Michael Brown Jr. 18 years old (Aug.9, 2014), Ferguson Missouri
Police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, but a grand jury
declined to charge Wilson. This lead protests in across the
nation.

5. Ezell Ford, 25years old (Aug. 11, 2014), Florence California
He was a mentally ill man. He was unarmed. But, he was
shot three times. So far, two officers were not charged.

6. Dante Parker, 36 years old (Aug.12, 2014), Victorville, California
He died by repeatedly stunned by a Taser.

7. Tanisha Anderson, 37 years old (Nov.13,2014), Cleveland
Officers allegedly slammed her head on the pavement.
She had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
No charges have been filed yet.

8. Akai Gurley, 28 years old, (Nov.20, 2014), Brooklyn, New York
Accidental discharge. He was shot and killed by a police officer.
The officer was charged.

9. Tamir Rice, 12 years old (Nov.22, 2014), Cleveland
He was shot and killed after officers mistook his toy gun
for a real weapon. Officers were not charged yet.

10.Rumain Brisson, 34 years old (Dec. 2, 2014), Phoenix
He was killed by a Phenix officer who mistook a pill bottle
for a weapon. The officer was not charged yet.

11.Jerame Reid 36 years old (Dec. 30, 2014), Bridgeton, New Jersey
He was a passenger in a car driven by his friend.
An officer is heard that there is a gun in the glove compartment.
Officers were placed on administrative leave.

12. Tony Robinson, 19 years old (March 6, 2015), Madison Wisconsin
Robinson was shot and killed by a Madison police officer. Robinson
was unarmed.

13.Phillip White, 32 years old (March 31, 2015), Vineland, New Jersey
Police responded to a call. A police dog bit White.

14.Eric Harris, 44 years old (April 2, 2015), Tulsa Oklahoma
Eric Harris was killed by a 73-year-old reserve deputy officer.
He allegedly mistook his own gun for a Taser.
The officer was charged with manslaughter.

15.Walter Scott, 50 years old (April 4, 2015), North Charleston,
South Carolina)
Scott run away from a traffic stop for a broke taillight. He was
shot by a police officer. The officer was fired and charged with
murder.

16.Freddie Gray, 25 years old, (April 19, 2015), Baltimore
Gray died of a spinal cord injury a week after he was arrested by
the Police officer. He was arrested for allegedly possessing switchblade.
The officers involved had been criminally charged.

These black people were often killed as a result of a misunderstanding.
One did not have a gun in the glove compartment, one had a toy gun.
Why were they killed? Because they were black, and police officers made
quick decisions thinking that they were black criminals without properly
assessing the situation.

Lately, it’s not just black, any “colored” people were targeted
to be blamed especially, after Corona virus came from China.

For example, the Asian community at large has come under fire as a result of
the tragedy of the global Covid-19 pandemic. For example, in Torrance,
California a Japanese owner of a cooking utensil store was a victim of a hate crime where he received a bomb threat and was told “Monkey, go back to Japan!”

It’s hard time now for minorities to live in the U.S..

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(This picture is showing a hate mail to one of the Japanese stores, Yahoo Japan, 6/18/20)

references:
1)www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicholasquah/heres...
2)Yahoo Japan 6/18/20 , Makiko Iina





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 アメリカのおばちゃま、こんにちは。
 いつも考えさせてくれるレポート、ありがとうございます。一つ一つの例に悲しみと憤りを覚えます。人種差別はまさにprejudiceから起こるということでしょうか。私は30年以上前、マルコムxの自伝を読んでから、特にこの問題には関心を持ってきましたが、コロナのために、アジア人まで悲痛なことが起こっているのですね。国難があるとナショナリズムが高まると言われていますが、一刻も早くワクチンの開発が望まれる現在、国同士、人間同士の争いは本当に無意味なはずなのですが。
 日本は梅雨の真っただ中、うっとうしい日が続いています。アメリカのおばちゃま、どうぞお元気で毎日をお過ごしください。
 

日本語の訳も加えたいのですが。。。

全ての方が、玲さんやモモさんのように英語力があるとは限らないので、日本訳も添えたい、それにバイリンガルとうたっているので、と思うのですが、英語の資料を読んだあとで、英文を書く作業が終わると、ちょっと疲れてしまいます。
それで、どうしても日本語訳をおろそかにして居ます。

特に、コロナ騒ぎからは、アジア系の人間には辛いことが多いです。

黒人は、クリミナルだという先入観を持っている人が多いのは、やっぱり肌の
色に対する旧約聖書の解釈からなのでしょうね。そして、アジア人の成功には
けしからんと思っている白人。コロナでいろいな思いが爆発したのでしょうね。

アメリカは、どうなっていくのかなあという思いに耽る今日この頃です。

アメリカのおばちゃま こんにちは
例に挙げて下さったのは,多分ほんの一握りなのかと推測します。白人の警察官が起訴されない例が多いことも,不平等に驚くばかりです。
日本人に対する嫌がらせも増えているのですね。中国系,韓国系の方々に比べると良い印象を持たれているというイタリア在住の方の記事を読みましたが,アメリカでは日本人にも厳しいところがあるのですね。
呉々も身の安全に注意してお過ごしくださいますように。

追伸:私はGoogleの翻訳ソフトも活用してアメリカのおばちゃまさまの記事を読ませていただいています。英語の勉強ができて嬉しいです。

モモさんへ

Googleの翻訳ソフトって、文章を入れると翻訳されるのですか?
一度に、1パラグラフづつくらい、訳してくれるのですか?
興味深々。無料のソフトですか?

アメリカのおばちゃま こんにちは

↓のURLをクリックするとでてきます。
https://translate.google.co.jp/?hl=ja

1単語だけでも,文章全体でも大丈夫のようです。
無料です。
私は,語学力がそれほどないので,とても助かっています。

モモさん

ちょっと、硬い感じが、しますが、とても、便利ですね。
今度、皆さんにお知らせしたいと思います。
ありがとうございました!

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