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For those people who feel racism is not a factor in causing the use of excessive force here is a startling fact In Tampa Bay Florida five men died while in the custody of the Tampa Bay police Department CC 27 The thing is the Tampa Bay Police Department is made up of mostly white officers but of the five men who died none where white Four of the five men that died where African Americans and the other man was a Mexican National If the incident in Tampa Bay does not show a person racism this event might In New York City an average of seven Latin Americans were killed a year between 1986 to 1989 but in 1990 that number increased greatly In that year twenty-three Latin Americans were killed by police gunfire When asked how he felt about racism being involved in police brutality Yussuf Naimkly of the University of Regina commentedExcessive police force against blacks has always been tolerated because as a formally enslaved minority African Americans are trapped in a cultural context specifically designed to inhibit their development and thus minimize their threat to white hegemony CC 72Executive Director of Police Misconduct Lawyers Referral Service Karol Heppe commented Brutality against minorities is a daily occurrence in Los Angeles she says The difference this time is someone videotaped it CC 36 Another shocking incident of police brutality occurred in Reynoldsberg Ohio A group of offices named themselves SNAT squad This acronym stood for Special Nigger Arrest Team and they made it a point to harass African Americans whenever The number of people killed by police has gone down from the middle 1970s to the middle 1980s in major cities says Patrick V Murphy former head of police commissions in Detroit New York and Washington DC CC 17 Also in Kansas City Missouri a police department there has 1110 officers Amazingly the only received approximately 108 complaints from the public about those
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