Us Vs. Them

Police training is heavily based on police safety and not the community safety. “The United States police are the best trained in the world, but how they are trained is causing the problems of the police violence” says Stoughton (2014). Police officers are trained to make sure that they live to see another day and can see their families again and that is rule number one to them. Stoughton (2014) states that, “in the academy they are shown painfully vivid, heart-wrenching dash cam footage of officers being beaten, disarmed, or gunned down after a moment of inattention or hesitation” and “listen to the fallen officer’s last, desperate radio call for help, every cop in the room is thinking I won’t ever let that happen to me”. After watching and listening something like that for hours would make you anger and make your main concern about the police officer and their fellow officers making it to another day and not so much of the community because police officer fear the community. Officers are trained to react to the situation even if they do not know what the threat is not to wait until the last minute because the last minute could be too late. They feel that they rather make a mistake and go to trial then to get carried by their fellow officers to the grave. Stoughton (2014) uses a quote of “better to be judged by twelve than carried by six”. The police shooting are related to the fact that they are afraid because they are constantly told that they should be afraid. This creates an Us vs them situation.


The community feels that it’s like they can’t trust police and do not feel safe around them. “Officers use more force when they perceive a greater threat, unconscious bias can lead officers to react more aggressively when confronting black men then white men” says Stoughton (2014). Correll et al. (2007) agrees with Stoughton by stating that, “Investigator has consistently found evidence that police use greater force, including lethal force, with minority suspects then with white suspects. Racism still exist today just not as obvious as it used to be sure slavery or in the civil rights movement era. Correll et al. (2007) states that “Black suspects are approximately five times to die in the hands of a police officer than white suspects”. African Americans have a hard time trusting police officers and they have a good reason not to. Just by being black you are more likely to be shooting and/or killed by police officers. I would not want police officers patrolling where I live because I would be afraid that I would be shoot because I look guilty because I am black. Stoughton (2014) makes a very power statement, “There are deep racial tension in law enforcement that will only be healed through long-term, sustained commitment to cooperative policing and community engagement”. Correll et al. (2007) concurs with that statement by saying, “officers’ role as protectors of the privileged classes over the less fortunate members of society”. History is repeating itself just in a different form. Slavery has not evolved into police brutality against African Americans. The community is afraid of the police officers just as slaves were afraid of the slave patrol.


The police brutality is not just creating a people versus the community but also a white versus black controversy. The stereotype that media betrays how an African American acts is negative. Blacks are viewed in unappealing way examples like acting like monkeys, being violent, and being aggressive. Woo (2015) proves that during an seminar experiments that “subjects were able to identify gun more quickly when they saw a black persons’ face because of the stereotype that associates black people with violence and crime. Police officers are human too which mean they have bias in them, but I think if you go into a job where you have to deal with people you should be able to separate the two. When you see a black man you should treat him as if he was a white women or anybody else. Woo states that “most foot chases happen in poorer communities, which tend to have more minorities and whites are more likely to be in a car during a chase. But police officers still use excessive force after a foot chase even though the suspect likely to be tired and easily detaina. Correll et al (2007) says that “shooting of a minority suspect may engender a sense of mistrust and victimization among community members and give rise to conflict between the community and police. Rap music strongly tells stories of how police officers treat blacks and how they have no respect for them. African Americans feel that they are treated unequal to others when it comes to the law and police officers.