On the heels of the Detroit police shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones and the investigation of Bed-Stuy’s 81 precinct in Brooklyn for their overzealous tactics in arresting people who aren’t doing anything wrong comes the news that Federal authorities are reviewing a 15-year-old African-American boy’s claim that Indianapolis police beat him so badly that one of his eyes swelled shut.
The investigation began only because black community leaders called for a civil rights investigation in to the teen’s claim that white officers kneed, kicked and punched him, when he tried to comfort his younger brother, who he said was being wrongfully arrested on a burglary charge.
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Children and Violence
In times when television station A&E follow cops and cell phones are at the ready to record police wrongdoings, cases like these continue to pop up and continue to fuel black people’s fear and skepticism of police authority.