Analysis of Eric Garner's Murder in Staten Island (Lab Report Sample)
THE CASE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR IN AMERICA. ERIC GARNER WAS MURDERED BY OFFICERS WHO HELD HIM IN A CHOKEHOLD POSITION, AND THEY DID NOT RELIEVE HIM EVEN AFTER COMPLAINING THAT HE WAS NOT BREATHING WELL. HE DIED THROUGH SUFFOCATION BY THE OFFICERS. The case study highlights police officers' unfair treatment of people of color and what the law has done about racial unfairness and the use of excessive force.source..
OJ Simpson Case
OJ Simpson Case
Why didn't one of them shoot?
It is only in narrow circumstances that police officers are legally allowed to shoot at fleeing individuals. According to the 1985 Supreme Court ruling on Tennessee vs. Garner (Justia Law, n.d.), the police cannot shoot at a fleeing person unless the officer reasonably considers that the person poses an imminent danger to either the officer or other people in the community. That is to say; officers must use other less invasive actions during a foot or car pursuit unless the suspect is viewed as an immediate safety risk. In the case of OJ Simpson, the suspect, though on the run, did not fire any weapon at the police. There was no reasonable ground to justify shooting hence the reason the officers engaged in a slow-speed chase. If any of the officers had shot at him, it would have amounted to the wrongful use of deadly force, which could lead to the officer's prosecution if found guilty.
Importance of Race in the killing of Mrs. Simpson and her friend? What was the divide between races?
The unfolding before, during, and after the trial of OJ Simpson following the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman played the role of race relations in the country. The alleged 'trial of the century unfolded issues such as police treatment of blacks, domestic violence, and impacts of money on the judicial system, which all posed significant implications for race relations in America. A celebrity turned accused criminal, the slow speed police chase broadcast globally, and the year-long televised trial which obsessed the nation left a footprint of the 90s. The verdict caused a racial divide in the country, with whites presenting that OJ Simpson got away with murder while most African Americans perceived him as innocent. The reason for this was that it was a black man being accused of the murder of a white woman, thus the magnification of the racial dimension.
Besides, there is a group of famous, rich African American males belonging to the high socioeconomic class, thus somewhat disconnected from the African American community. The perceived disconnect ultimately exposed the ills in society, espe