A very insensitive incident was reported from the US a few days ago. In this incident, a white Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of a black 46-year old for more than 8 minutes. After this, the man was pronounced dead later that night. It was all recorded and reported in a cell phone video. The man was even heard saying that he couldn’t breathe. But the police officer showed no concern. The act has sparked protests throughout America.
Ever since that incident, the issue of white supremacy and racial injustice has been the talk of the town. These two issues have always existed in the roots of American society, but now this incident has provoked all the long-held feelings to come out. There have been various reports coming out all over America suggesting how deeply engrossed this racial justice is in society.
One may not notice it, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. A similar report has been
issued by the New York City Civilian complaint review board, which just shows us one more
aspect of the problem. According to the report, almost 64% of civilian complaint lodged with the new york police was lodged by or on behalf of young black people who are aged between 8 to 18. They claim to have been mistreated even for very small issues such as high fiving and carrying backpacks.
The board chairman Fred Davie said that “Sadly, after years of witnessing news about police misconduct and possibly experiencing it themselves, even the youngest among us have an awareness of the tension that too often exists between the police and civilians,”
“As young New Yorkers lead the way in calling for a change in our city following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, it’s time for the NYPD to reconsider how officers police our youth, address disparities in law enforcement and commit to swift discipline when officers engage in misconduct.”
One of the most disturbing complaints was a match 2018 incident. Few black and Hispanic boys were just talking, laughing, and playing among themselves with sticks when they were stopped to do so. There were many such complaints registered by black youth when they were mistreated for doing almost nothing. We hope that the protests currently going on to bring about some changes to society. Till then stay tuned with us for more such latest updates.