Aztecs talk about police brutality

police-sirens-1254127Opinion Column

Ali Flores, Aztec Voice

It’s a very interesting topic to talk about when it comes to police brutality. It may not look like it’s happening around us, but it is, and it’s getting mostly out of control in some states. Something that shocked the nation, including the kids from Alta Vista, was when police brutally killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. People around the country have taken action on doing a peaceful protest.

Isao Osuga, algebra teacher: “I think that police brutality is a product of a system of oppression that is design to keep the order and things functioning the way they were designed to function – which is to perpetuate the power white males in America have. I believe that there’s indisputable evidence that this is the case, and the sad thing is that people think this is a new thing but is has been said multiple times. Violence against people of color is not a new thing, the new thing is that now we have cameras and we can document and put it on Facebook. There is no doubt… there is no doubt that it is charged against people of color.”

Junior Clara Odette: “The extortion of police power is a huge problem. What I’m saying is that the system itself is insulting people. The system was purposely set up to make us people of color fail, it’s been set up against us since day one. I’m not saying that police are bad, but what they represent is. The police academy only does six months of training, and you’re certified to be a trained officer. I feel like they should extend that, because how come it takes an officer six months to learn the law they swore to protect, but it takes a lawyer nine years?”

Junior Alicia Flores: “I feel like it’s an unjust discrimination and racist to people of skin color. Yes it targets minorities, and its prejudice level and social contract that we have as a stereotype over the years that minority people are more aggressive,  which is not very true is just a journalisation, face the consequences and help then.”

Social studies teacher Greg Brenner: “It sucks. It is a definitely disgusting problem, probably because they’re the problem, honestly because they’re the ones we are suppose to rely on when there’s a problem, but now they are becoming the problem.”

As I talked to my fellow classmates and teachers of Alta Vista High school, I notice a lot of frustration as they were talking. The way they view police brutality is in a negative way; they look at it as wrong – as in the system has us people of color suppressed as a target.

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