My topic of my video mash up is “The plague of police brutality against African American Men”. When I think of this topic, the images I associate with them are quickly pictures of police officers and what they are supposed to be to civilians. Police officers work in partnership with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. But for many people, the police officers are the cause of their fears within their communities, because of police brutality. Police brutality is the wanton use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer. The other pictures I associate with my topic are pictures of men, black men to be more specific. Names such as, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Kimani Gray, Kendrec McDade, Ervin Jefferson, Timothy Stansbury Jr., Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Yusef Hawkins, Eric Garner.
Around the nation, people of every race, age, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation are being treated questionably and aggressively by police officers, in a manner that often leads to suspects being killed or injured, seemingly without proper cause. The worst part about this to me is that it is happening to African American Males more then everyone else. Black men are getting shot and killed for no reason at all and it deeply saddens me. People brush off the deaths of black men getting killed as if they aren’t even value to our communities.
The way I would narrate this story is to start off with cops actually doing their jobs the right way then I want to make the screen black and have the “Emergency Broadcasting System” appear. After that I would want to add videos and pictures of police brutality in the worst forms. From the most recent such as Mike Brown to as far back as I can go to maybe Emmett Till.