What if the president endorses police brutality?

Trump endorsing police brutality will only make the citizens look at the police enforcement officers as the enemy, and vice versa, when they should in fact work together to fight crime. Now every Latino being arrested is at risk of being labeled as a “bad hombre” or a gang member based only on his skin color. Who can protect them? Now, not even the law enforcement.


The Police force in the United States has killed 160 black people so far in 2017, according to Mapping Police Violence Organization. 30% of them were unarmed, and they are three times more likely to be killed when compared to white people. Furthermore, the levels of crime in the country have nothing to do with the police killing people. In other words, the police are killing people regardless of the levels of crime in those cities. Furthermore, 99% of the cases where a police officer kills the citizens have not resulted in any officer being convicted of a crime.

Latinos, on the other hand, have suffered similar treatment from the Police force in the United States. According to the National center for Health Statistics, Latinos are three times more likely to be killed by the police, when compared to the rest of the population. This is besides all the abuse of force at the time of unfair searches, arrests, and racial profiling, especially after Trump targeting Latino immigrants. All these statistics are terrifying. And common citizens recording police brutality on their cellphones has helped raise awareness of the issue around the world. But what if the President endorses this kind of police brutality? Does it make it better? Does it mean that the police will not even have to hide to do it anymore? What about human rights? Are not human rights compatible with ethics, respect to a fellow human being and empathy, and the rule of law?

President Trump said a few hour ago, in a speech to law enforcement officers in Long Island, New York, that police officers should not be so nice when apprehending a person, referring to the “bad hombres” immigrants from Latin America. He said that they should not even protect the heads of those “animals” when getting them inside the police car at the time of an arrest. Trump said, literally, “when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough. Please don’t be too nice”. Now, the implications of the President saying this are huge, not only because it gives police officers green light for police brutality, but because respect for another human being and for the rule of the law are put aside. And one of the worst parts is that after Trump saying this, his words were received as fresh water by his audience, who burst into applause for him. Very worrying!!!

The President also said that the laws were rigged against police officers, and he claimed that he wants to change those laws. For what? So that police officers shoot first and ask later? Well, they already do that, and in the 99% of the cases, they do not get convicted. What else is there to be done to protect the officers who do not care for the protection of the citizens? Zeke Johnson, the Senior Director of Programs at Amnesty International USA, said that “police cannot treat every community like an invading army, and encouraging violence by police is irresponsible and reprehensible”. Indeed, this will only make the citizens look at the police enforcement officers as the enemy, and vice versa, when they should in fact work together to fight crime. Now every Latino being arrested is at risk of being labeled as a “bad hombre” or a gang member based only on his skin color. Who can protect them? Now, not even the law enforcement.

 Now, something interesting is the fact that a xenophobic rhetoric helped Trump win his presidency, and he brings back the topic every time he is in trouble. It is no secret that his new health care bill has failed several times to pass. He has repeatedly lost this cause against a “failing Obamacare”, and he needs something strong that remembers people that he is the President, and we are not (as he said it before with regards to the media). 

Dott.ssa Ana Figueroa

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