New study released on racial discrimination by law enforcement
USC student Brenton Dickerson said he has had multiple encounters with law enforcement.
Dr. Kenneth Campbell believes the dramatic programs on television promote police officers in an aggressive way.
By: Anna Spotts
Eleven percent of the students at the University of South Carolina are African American. Some of them say they have had run-ins with police and are targeted because of their race.
One of them is Brenton Dickerson who says he has had several encounters with officers since he was 14 years old.
“It could come from riding my bike in my own neighborhood and having someone call the police just because it was a black kid riding around that looked suspicious or to being arrested in high school for something I didn’t do,” he said.
A University of Chicago study found that 54 percent of African American millennials said they have had a bad experience with police officers.
This comes at the same time that Black Lives Matter groups are having nationwide protests over racial discrimination by police officers.
Dr. Kenneth Campbell, a professor of African Americans in Media at the University of South Carolina, believes one of the reasons African Americans are treated so poorly is because of the media.
“Think about the crime news you see on television all the time. It is usually about police making arrests, not police helping the community,” he said.
Campbell also said there needs to be some restructuring on the law enforcement side.
“For the ones who are not doing the right thing, they need to be weeded out. And for those who can be trained properly to do the job, that training needs to take place,” he said.
The students say this restructuring would help to lower the percentage in future studies and could help ensure fair treatment from law enforcement.