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Mayor of Chicago, IL Rahm Emanuel Mayor of Washington DC Muriel Bowser Mayor of Oakland, CA Libby Schaaf Mayor of Minneapolis, MN Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
Enforce Law Equally. According to the Cornell University Law School, the penalty of a hate crime resulting in murder is imprisonment for any term of years or for life
July 9, 2016
September 10, 2018
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The country known as the United States of America has an engrained history of the mistreatment of African American citizens. From the 1400's to the 1600's we were deemed sub human, and were subject to public murder such as lynchings. It is now 2016, and although the laws in America classify us as equal citizens as per the Civil Rights Act of 1964, unarmed Black Americans are still being murdered publicly by law enforcement officers who face no repercussions for these acts of hate. According to MappingPoliceViolence.org, in the year 2015, there were 102 unarmed Black people murdered by police officers all over the country. Of those 102 murders, only ten times was the police officer convicted for a crime (2017). How is that just? What does that say about America to the predecessors of the original people who inhabited this land, and later built America as slaves? FBI.gov defines a hate crime as "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity" (2016). According to the Cornell University Law School, the penalty of a hate crime resulting in murder is imprisonment for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title. If this is the case then how can police officers who murder unarmed Black people walk away freely? With the docrination of this Act, it will ensure that police who kill unarmed Black men are put in jail for their crimes agains our community and stripped of their badges. It is also a recommendation that their respective police retirement pensions pay for any and all posthumous fees such as funerals, headstones, medical fees, debts owed to society, etc.