Research also suggests that these discriminatory practices are stepped n racist belief systems that encompasses laws passed by congress to the way police patrol African American communities. Over the decades numerous young Black men have been victimized by police. Black women have also been the targets of aggressive police campaigning but the numbers are too small to give attention to here. The crimes committed against the African American community by the police varies. In the first half of the sass’s, blacks have been intimidated, assaulted, and falsely accused of such crimes as rape.
During this period, blacks were also being hanged, shot, Jailed and held indefinitely in custody with out bond as political rissoles. In the mid sass’s along with the Presidency of George W. Bush came new and more aggressive drug laws. Congress passed laws that mandated Judges to hand down harsher sentences for drug offenders during the height of crack cocaine’s epidemic in the black community. The police began to aggressively patrol the black community and the number of reported incidents of police misconduct saw an unprecedented increase.
Unfortunately these unwarranted attacks against black citizens have gotten out of control. In these past two decades hundreds of young Black men have been murdered by the police. On a case to case basis, officers are being cleared in these instances without any wrong doing being found done, or taken off of the streets and given light duty until cleared. Some of theses officers after being cleared have received raises and promotions. This is an excellent reason for the distrust of police by black citizens. This type of distrust of police hinders real justice from being served in a lot of instances.
A large portion of the African community will not report on or testify against criminals in their communities because of this mistrust. People live in constant fear in some of these communities. The police are the real perpetrators as far as a lot of black citizens are concerned. In 1993 after the feds had the City of Pittsburgh Police department under investigation for brutality and rights abuses, officer Patrick Logan shot and murdered Stones Immune Bee. Stones bee was shot seventeen times in the back, thirteen of the of the bullets were determined to have been fired from the officer in questions gun.
Of the nine officers involved in the incident, officer Logan was the only officer charged. Officer Logan was transferred allegedly for his own safety, and subsequently cleared of any wrong doing. Instances such as this continue to make portions of the black community distrustful of the police. According to Kuris B. Maul, the federal probe that had been active for several months at that time, had included at least fifty victims of alleged police abuse and their attorneys. This, and requests for scores of court records involving police brutality and thousands of pages of secret police disciplinary files.
Pittsburgh police department isn’t the only one the feds had to commandeer with a history of abuse by the police against African Americans. In fact at the time of this, the feds were also investigating complaints of he same magnitude and police corruption in Los Angels, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. Racial profiling and police brutality is wide spread enough. Continuing to send the wrong message to the African American community by dismissing and sweeping these atrocities under the rug only compounds the problem even further studies have shown.
The following year amidst backlash and national exposure, the Pittsburgh police department murdered another black citizen. This time the cousin of the Pittsburgh Steelers starting defensive end Ray Seals. Johnny Game down from Syracuse, visiting cousin Ray Seals, was stopped on the night in question or allegedly driving erratically. October 12th, 1995 Johnny Game was pulled over in the Pittsburgh suburb of Broadened, driving a Jaguar loaned to him by cousin Ray Seals. Johnny Game was tackled to the ground and subsequently suffocated in an incident that claimed his life.