Sample Essay on Shootings in Dallas TX


A nationwide peaceful ‘black lives matters’ protest against police-involved shootings of African-American people turned violence on 7th July 2016 in downtown Dallas when a sniper attack shot twelve police officers, killing five, wounding seven others and two civilians. The attacker, an African-American man was a military veteran who had served in Afghanistan. He said his shooting was prompted by the recent police-involved shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Which made him upset at white people and wished to killmore white police officers. The following three topicideas came up while examining this story.

History of Police Brutality

The question of police brutality to the minority comes across when examining this story, especially African-Americans and Hispanics.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

This looks at the different sentencing in criminal cases done by the justice system where minorities tend to get harsh sentences than the whites for the same crime.

Gun Control

The debate of whether or not there is need for stricter gun control laws comes up and its advantages plus disadvantages.

From the topic of racial disparities in the criminal justice system I came up with the following questions.

1 – Research, giving examples how the disparate treatment of races by the criminal justice system in America leads to an escalation of the divide over racial discrimination. What are the consequences/ramifications of these racial disparities? What are the possible solutions to these consequences?

2Provide an overview of the structural mechanism that underlies the racial discrimination in criminal sentencing in the American criminal justice system. Use relevant sources to support your views.