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  • Writer's pictureZhaoyi Fang

Conviction of Guilty Police in Different Cases

"Violence towards Black girls and women has always received far too little coverage, leaving the loved ones of countless victims of state-sanctioned murder without justice."



 


Around 1,000 people are shot to death by American police each year. Besides those dangerous criminals who have weapons with themselves, American police do make mistakes that they kill innocent people. Therefore, it is always necessary to investigate the case and convict police officers who made the wrong choice. However, in the United States, guilty police are not always punished for some reason. Moreover, it could be more difficult to punish the guilty police when the victim is a woman.



Kisha Arrone, an African American woman shot to death by the police in April 2016, was reported to be involved in a “violent encounter.” Since she was shot at the scene, there was no information or explanation we could learn from Kisha’s perspective. Thus, the person who “tells” the whole story is, once again, the police themselves. When the recording of the police’s body camera could not explain everything, it is not fair only listen to the police because they could be murderers, and the “criminal” who was shot could be victims in this case. Like all other cases when police officers fired their guns, it was claimed that Kisha refused the officers’ commands to drop and gun. Meanwhile, her cousin argued that a Taser should be enough to stop her, and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that she was trying to commit suicide by cop. Some journals reported this story, whether they believe Kisha is dangerous enough to get shot to death at the scene; in contrast, few articles acknowledge that none of the three police officers who fired 15 bullets were convicted or punished.




Justine Damond, an Australian American woman, was fatally shot by police in July 2017 after she called 911 for help. She reported there was possibly an assault happened in the alley backside of her house. Similarly, because of the chaotic circumstances, when the police officer arrived at the scene, Mohamed Noor, the convicted police officer, fired the gun and killed Justine Damond. It is easier to convict the guilty officer because she didn’t do anything wrong. It’s just she accidentally showed up at the wrong place when a police officer went; however, all the reports and posts blame police officers, which is different from Kisha’s case, where the general public has debates between the police department and Kisha’s criminality.


 


Even though there are different voices in Kisha’s case, people must start to talk about race on different topics. Even debates could draw more attention from the general public to focus on the social problem. Thus, social media must include enough material for people to discuss, especially from a race perspective. By including similar cases and detailed data, people from different races could have a shared sense of social circumstances.

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