Protect & Swerve
- The number of people killed by police in 2014:1,149, according to Mapping Police Violence, a research collaborative collecting data on police killings nationwide.
- The number of people killed by police so far in 2015: 470, according to the Guardian.
- The percentage of those people who were women: 4.6%, or 22 people, according to the Guardian.
- Of those women, the percentage who were women of color: roughly 41%, or 9 people, according to the Guardian.
- The number of people killed by police so far in June: four.
- The state where two of the four shootings took place this month: Texas.
- The likelihood that a black person killed by police, like 22-year-old Rekia Boyd (killed in Chicago), will be unarmed: Twiceas likely as a white person killed by police, according to the Guardian.
In England and Whales there have been 55 fatal police shootings in the last 24 years In the US there were 59 fatal police shootings in the first 24 days of 2015 In Iceland there was only 1 fatal police shooting in its 71 years of existence
What is the problem? American teens in the USA today are unaware of police brutality and how it affects them, as well as how often it occurs in their area to people just like them. We plan to create both a game and website to help solve this problem. We are going to raise awareness as to what exactly police brutality is and how it ties into racial profiling. Both the game and website will supply users with facts regarding police brutality along with racial profiling. The game is to engage teens into the topic of police brutality; it is generally viewed as an "overhyped" topic by teens. The website will go more in-depth and better speak on the topic and inform people of what is going on.
PITCH: I want everyone in here to think about whether or not they have ever been brutalized by the police as a result of racial profiling. I personally have not experienced such injustices, but people around me have, and I actually fear the possibility of it happening to me on a daily basis. My group wishes to tackle police brutality based on racial profiling because it does happen often and is not "overhyped" as some people our age would describe it. We want to raise awareness and get people involved in local groups and organizations to help try and solve the problem. So we've created both a game and a website to assist. At the end: Just think, it could be you next.