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To Protect and Serve” is the common slogan associated with police officers, yet, if you were to poll many African Americans on the police, protecting and serving wouldn’t be their first answer to describe them. Regardless of the relationship between the two, its almost easy to say, Black people don’t trust the police. So why don’t Black people trust the police? It it just a stereotype? Or is there validity to the question?
Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories heard from across the country that support why Black people don’t like the police. Fatal cases like Sean Bell or Amadou Diallo happen frequently, and are examples of extreme police brutality on unarmed Black men. Just recently here in Philadelphia, video surfaced of four cops beating 18 year-old Marcus Warryton for a simple traffic stop and resisting arrest. While he may have resisted arrest, the force used by the officers were excessive and further supports why young Black men especially have grown up learning to dislike police officers.
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