Police vs. Minorities
by MarilynRaimondo on September 9, 2015 - 1:51pm
September 9, 2015
Police vs. Minorities
In the article entitled “Sandra Bland Was Threatened with Taser, Police Video Shows”, (New York Times, July 21 2015), David Montgomery explains the case of a 28 years old African-American woman named Sandra Bland, pulled over by an officer on July 10th because she did not signal a lane change. The author states that the dashboard camera video shows how the arrest escalated to another level when the officer threatened Ms. Bland with a stun gun. Sandra Bland was asked to put down her cigarette by the state trooper, and she refused. Trooper Encinia thought she was irritated and uncooperative. According to the officer, his safety was in danger so he decided to place her in handcuffs. Montgomery mentions that she was put on the ground, and that the officer knocked her head as he slammed Ms. Bland. She was taken into custody, and was found dead in her cell three days after her suspicious arrest. The author explains how officer Encinia’s behavior during Ms. Bland arrest violated the department of arrest procedures according to the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw. This controversial case created a lot of questions towards people on social media about how Ms. Bland’s race might have played a role in this case.
I believe that the fact that Sandra Bland was an African-American woman influenced her custody. The way that the officer acted during the arrest of Ms. Bland was not politically correct because it violated the department of arrest procedures. In my opinion, arresting someone because they are African-American or any other race is not justifiable. I agree with the author, David Montgomery, when he mentions that Sandra Bland should have never been in prison. The trooper seems to target black people because he has been suspended from work after he was accused of racism back in 2007. Yet, race has nothing to do with the way Ms. Bland behaved with the officer. Just like Diamond states in his article entitled “Race without Color”; one should not make generalization regarding races because there is danger in racial stereotyping. Obviously, there is a stereotype about black people who are more likely to be suspected of any crime. Considering that the young woman was particularly targeted by the officer, racial stereotyping probably led the death of this young woman. The article “Sandra Bland Was Threatened with Taser, Police Video Shows” clearly enhances the reader’s understanding of the concept of race because it makes us understand how racism played a major role in the tragic death of the young woman. So many people looked into this case and talked about it on media, and it really helps considering how race is still a big problem for some people. According to me, Sandra Bland was considered as a minority for officer Encinia, and he took advantage of it. In my beliefs, skin color has nothing to do way the way one acts. A lot of people shared their opinion about this story, and the majority agrees that this case is controversial because it probably would have been different if Sandra Bland would have been part of a different race.
David Montgomery. (2015) .Sandra Bland Was Threatened with Taser, Police Video Shows .The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September, 2015, from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/us/sandra-bland-was-combative-texas-arrest-report-says.html?_r=1