It seems like everyday in the news you see an incident between a black man and a white cop. Wether the actions taken by either the cop or the civilian were justified or not it appears like the amount of occurrences between these two groups have risen since the discussion of which lives matter began with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. But the is the apparent increase in the amount of incidents an actual increase, or is it that the American people (and especially the media) have become hyper aware of when incidents occur? While the violent actions taken by police officers have been called into question excessive force. As in the case of Eric Garner and the need of choke-holds, or more recently in Arizona when a police officer was authorized to use whatever means deemed necessary in order to prevent a man with a gun from approaching a highly populated area where the officer in question used his car to hit the suspect, who happened to be black.
This most recent case in Arizona highlighted for me the role of the media within the social aspects in racializing these incidents. In the segment on the incident I watched it first showed the use of excessive force, framing the officer as a mad man with a battering ram. Only after showing the dash-cam footage a few times did this news broadcast show why the officer was told to use any means necessary to apprehend the suspect because he had just stolen a rifle and ammunition from a store and was walking closer and closer to a highly populated area. This case showed the framing effect that the media has upon how viewers react toward a story.
The media effect seems to point to hyperawareness it could also be the case that there are a rise in incidents, as it every other day another black man seems to be at the opposite end of a police officers badge. While in some cases there appears to be an underlying racist sentiments, the media seems to be placing such sentiments on each incident it is not necessarily the truth.
So is there a actual rise? I think that there is some of both, as crimes become more violent the responsive actions taken by officers have to reflect that rise in violence, and more violent acts are what makes the news.