Relating to police brutality, Black historical past remains to be Black actuality

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The video of Tyre Nichols being  brutally overwhelmed by Memphis police in early January is uniquely sickening. Nichols died three days later. Sadly, outrageously, police killing one other unarmed Black man is much from distinctive.

It could be doable for some Individuals — significantly, if not completely, white Individuals — to think about police brutality as some bygone injustice locked away within the black-and-white footage of outdated TV broadcasts. The present numbers, and the present proof we are able to all see with our personal eyes in movies like this one, clearly present that this isn’t the case.

In accordance with knowledge compiled by the Washington Submit, the variety of deadly police shootings elevated from 1,021 in 2020 to a minimum of 1,055 in 2021. This made 2021 the worst yr because the Submit began monitoring this knowledge in 2015. And in keeping with the nonprofit group Mapping Police Violence, Black Individuals are roughly thrice as prone to be killed by police than white Individuals. Shootings, beatings or in any other case, Black Individuals proceed to face a disproportionate quantity of police violence on this nation.