Black Lives Matter is a campaign which has been going on since 2013, after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Throughout time the phrase has gone viral, and especially in the last couple years many people have taken the movement to heart.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown who was an unarmed African American man, was shot by the former Ferguson-officer Darren Wilson
and afterwards the BLM-movement went in earnest. In this essay I will be arguing for whether the shooting of Michael Brown was necessary.
If I was a police officer, and I was in a similar situation, I couldn’t imagine fatally shooting the suspect.
The worst and even best thing I would possibly do in this situation is to shoot the suspect where it wouldn’t cause any serious injuries, IF it would be impossible for me to catch them.
I personally think that the idea of “hands up or die” is way too exaggerated and should be reassessed immediately.
Normally the phrase is being said, because the officer fears that the suspect will charge her/him, but in many cases the suspects are unarmed - which of course the police officers don’t know at the moment
and therefore they could be a bit paranoid in different situations, but an alternative to the current course of action could be to take advantage of some high-tech development
that somehow would immediately sense a shot, specific physical actions from the officer etc., or even use the cameras stuck on their vest as a live camera, which can be surveilled by observers in the control center.
Sure, I’m not a police officer and haven’t been in such dramatic events in my lifetime, but still it sounds too overstated to fatally shoot a suspect who runs towards one.