When I pay state sales tax and file my federal tax return at the end of the year, I know that my hard-earned dollars are going to educate the future, to upkeep and create roads and highways, to protect American borders, and–heaven forbid it happen–put out a fire if my house was ablaze. That being said, I do not expect my tax dollars to sic a dog on me, force me to have invasive medical procedures, or open fire on any children I may have in my vehicle.
I know what you are thinking: Police officers are our friends; their sole purpose is to protect us. In fact, for generations the public has told their children that they can ALWAYS trust a police officer.
Allow me to share with you the following stories of police brutality, and then you tell me: Will you continue to tell your children to always trust police officers and law enforcement officials?
March from Selma to Montgomery (1965)
I’m not looking to put together a complete, historical list of police brutality; however, that is certainly something that could be accomplished. Police brutality has been a growing problem dating back decades.
The National Civil Rights Movement was successful in part because of the national attention brought to the movement by police brutality widespread in states such as Alabama. While nonviolent protesters planned a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, police officers gassed marchers with tear gas and beat them.
The name Rodney King has now become synonymous with police violence and brutality. Upon receiving his beatdown from him tax dollars, several “copwatch” organizations came into fruition. With these organizations, the nation has done a much better job of tracking and publicizing the rampant police brutality.