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Thank You

I’m a very shy individual who have a hard time with public speaking. My major is Journalism; I love writing not speaking. This semester I have done the most public speaking that I’ve had to do throughout my whole three years at Western. It’s been a challenge but it’s something I want to thank my teachers for making me do.  The more and more I’ve had to do it the more I’ve been comfortable with doing it.  I still have a long way to go regarding public speaking but I will continue to practice so I can get better at it.

Keep the faith

One saying that I live by is “Always Have Faith.” It’s something I have to remind myself in situations where I feel like the outcome won’t be the best. Final week is just a day away and I feel myself losing faith. It’s almost the end but I still feel like I have so much to do. It’s becoming so extremely overwhelming to the point that I feel I’m going to have a mental breakdown. I keep reminding myself to keep the faith and to stay focused.

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Imagine waking up every day not knowing whether or not it could be your last day here on earth. Many people of minority feel like this every day, especially black males. It’s becoming more and more common every day for black males to experience police brutality, in most cases these incidents may lead to death. This is becoming so common that I often start to wonder whether or not it’s going to be my brother, boyfriend or dad next. No wants to have these thoughts but with the world we’re living in, it’s hard not to.

Police brutality is one of the many forms of police misconduct. So what exactly is police brutality? Police brutality is defined as use of any force exceeding that reasonably necessary to accomplish a lawful police purpose. What exactly is excessive use of force? Excessive use of force means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation.

The other forms of police forms of police misconduct consists of coerced false confession, intimation, false arrest, false imprisonment, falsification of evidence, spoliation of evidence, police perjury, witness tampering, police corruption, racial profiling, unwarranted surveillance, unwarranted searches and unwarranted seizure of property.

So who’s the most affected by police brutality? Minorities are the most affected by police brutality. Black and Hispanics are more likely to experience police brutality. It is rarely that you will hear about a white person experiencing any form of police brutality.

Some familiar police brutality cases are the cases of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner. Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black man, was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets. Brown was hit a total of 6 times from the front. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, had been arrested after he spotted a police presence as he walked with friends and ran away. He was found unresponsive and not breathing after he rode unsecured in a police transport wagon, and died a week later. Eric Garner was approached by officers due to selling single cigarettes. Officers tried to arrest Garner but he pulled his arms away. A police officer then put his arm around Garner’s neck and took him down on the ground. Garner stated over eleven times “I can’t breathe” while lying on the sidewalk. Garner lost consciousness but was believed to be still breathing. CPR was not performed and Garner died an hour later at the hospital.

In all of these cases the victim was black and all have resulted in death by a police officer. In each case no police officer was convicted of the crime, just suspended of assigned a desk job. The case that stands out to me the most is the Michael Brown case. This case happened close to where I live back home and I just remember several of my friends going to protest. Even a few celebrities such as KeKe Palmer and J.Cole came out to protest and show support as well.

What solutions can be offered for this problem? Since many black males were getting killed by police officers, police officers were required to wear body cameras. There was still cases where officers took their body cameras off. The only real solution is holding officers accountable for their actions. This continuously happens because there has been nothing done in the past with officers that have gotten away with killing blacks so officers feel as if they do it, then there will be no consequences for their actions, and unfortunately their right.

This situation is getting out of control and there needs to be some form of change. There is absolutely no way that innocent lives should be taken on the regularly by the same people who were sworn in to protect and serve them.


Critique of Social Media Policy

When you’re in a professional field, how do you know what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate to post on your social media account? The Los Angeles Times have a few clear and straight forward guidelines that they require ALL employees to follow. These guidelines aren’t just for reporters but for editors, photographers, bloggers, producers and designers as well.

The guidelines for LAT social media are clear and easy to follow. The LAT primarily requires that employees be mindful of their professional and personal life. Even though professional and personal are two different things, employees should act as if they’re the same.  Employees should act as if these two things are the same because even though their account could be private, someone could still b watching their account. LAT also mentions that employees shouldn’t engage in political advocacy and that they should be aware of perceptions.

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After reading these guidelines I think that they are clear and understandable. Employees should have no problem following them. When you’re a professional you should act as such on and off social media. I really think that employers shouldn’t even have to make guidelines because people should automatically know what they should and should’t post online, but it is helpful for those just starting out in their career and don’t know.