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Opinion: Police Brutality in America Reaches the NBA

The views expressed in this article are that of author Harrison Lipsky and not representative of as a whole.

Police brutality towards American citizens has become coming to late as of late due to horrible tragedies such as the murder of Michael Brown, the murder of Tamir Rice, and most recently the murder of Walter Scott.

All three of the above names were all African American and all killed by police officers.

According to racial equality activist Richard Lapchick in 2011, the NBA is 78% African American. A great deal of NBA players are also from foreign countries such as Switzerland, France, and Spain, to name a few.

One such foreign-born player is Thabo Sefolosha.  Sefolosha was recently arrested at a nightclub in New York where NBA player Chris Copeland and his wife were stabbed and slashed.

Sefolosha was arrested for resisting arrest along with teammate Pero Antic. However, knowing only that he was arrested does not truly tell the story or display the magnitude of his arrest.

He was brutally mistreated by police. In a recent video obtained by TMZ (posted below), one can see Sefolosha being thrown to the ground by police, which resulted in him breaking his leg.

Sefolosha will end up missing the rest of the season and not be able to play for the Hawks in their quest to bring the first NBA title to the Atlanta Hawks franchise.

All of this could have been avoided had the police not outstepped their bounds and assaulted a minority.

This seemingly small incident brings to light truly how wrong the police mistreatment of minorities in this country has become. When will change occur?

When will we stop letting this happen in our country? I think people of any race, ethnicity, or nationality can agree that this nonsense needs to stop.

The police who are entrusted with providing the safety of all members of society should not be inflicting harm onto anyone, black or white. This attack by police onto what seems to be an innocent bystander is a reminder of a need for change in the way the police interact with citizens and carry out their jobs. How many more lives will be lost and how many more innocent people will be harmed? The mistreatment has to be stopped.



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