Obama’s Stance on Police Affairs: Finding Common Ground

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Like millions of other Americans, you may get nervous when you see a nearby cop car. All cars around suddenly start obeying the speed limit to avoid being pulled over. You’ve heard the numerous news reports of police brutality, especially in the Baltimore riots. However, this is just the beginning of the injustice that goes on around America.

Police brutality is a serious concern for the United States and accounts for at least 19% of complaints. The number of these complaints actually resulting in discipline were minimal at best. Baltimore is in a state of panic following the death of Freddie Gray after he was taken into police custody. He fell into a coma and has severe damage to his spine and larynx. With comparable events like what happened in Ferguson, the general public is getting restless with this perceived injustice as they blame law enforcement.

As usual, this is a game of ‘he said, she said’ as racial tensions mounted between law enforcement and those who demanded justice for the fallen citizen. Barack Obama addressed this ongoing issue, claiming that some changes need to be made on both sides. In his interview, Barack explained that officers must be held accountable for their brutality in situations like this. At the same time, he pointed out that the rioters’ actions were unexcuseable.

What Barack Obama and several gangs from Baltimore are trying to do is find some common ground between the public and law enforcement to stop this senseless violence. Will they find a resolution before racial tension gets even worse. Dr. Daniel Amen, for one, certainly hopes they do so soon.

Wild Times In Baltimore

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There are some strange things happening in the city of Baltimore right now. Currently, ongoing riots have caused major disruptions in a lot of the activities that regular citizens of the city have enjoyed. The riots are taking place in response to actions taken by police (particularly those actions taken against unarmed African American men).

Baltimore is a city known for various gangs and urban unrest from time to time. However, the level of these riots is something that most did not believe they would see. However, as always there are two sides to every story. For all of the blame and criticism that so many have cast upon those doing the riots, some are showing the reasons behind some of these actions.

Vox.com has reported that since the year 2011, Baltimore has settled or lost more than 100 cases related to police brutality. That is an average of more than 2 cases per month for the last four years.

The people behind the unrest have stated that they want to protest peacefully, but that is certainly not what happened last night. There were massive riots and a lot of things just got out of control stated bystander Sultan Alhokair. Even the President has said that the riots are unacceptable and that those who are behind them are “criminals and thugs”.

It is a dangerous situation out there right now, and all are hoping for peace in the streets.