In today’s world, there are many stories of people being mistreated by police officers. High police force seems to be more prevalent in high-crime, low-income communities, and many people begin to question some of the uncalled for violence and intent of officers in those areas.
There are many different aspects of this image that catches the audience’s eye. For instance, it is noticeable that the infrastructure of the buildings is quite poor, with graffiti on some of the buildings, leading to the idea that this may be a low-income community. Also, what may lead the audience to believe that there is police officer unfairness in this community, is that there is a man submerged in a water-filled hole, and an officer is only looking down upon him, and not lending a helping hand. Furthermore, one can tell from the facial expression on the man in the waters face, that he is terrified. Whereas, the police officer is showing no emotion, and has a very stern face. Also, there are two men walking by the scene in the background of the image, and seem to be ignoring the situation. They may be ignoring the situation either because they are desensitized to it, since this behavior happens frequently, or they may not want to get involved because they don’t want any actions taken against them.
There are also several smaller details that seem to symbolize different aspects of the issue. For example, the sky looks dark and gloomy, which could be referencing the awful problem going on in this picture and society. Also, further in the background of this image is a man who is facing the wall, with his back turned to the scene. This could be inferring that some people turn their backs to these types of situations completely, ignoring the problem. Also, the rope that is in front of the man who is submerged in the water-filled hole, could symbolize the fact that there could be a dangerous situation in that area. The dangerous situation could be the fact that the man in the hole may be ignored by the police officer and not brought to proper safety with respect.
The overall story I feel the image is trying to relay to the audience, is pertaining to some of the wrongdoings done by the police force. The idea that the police officer is looking down upon the man, and not helping, could be referencing an abuse of power. Also, the man in the water, looks extremely worried and scared, while looking up at the officer. Also, there is a line of people behind this police officer. We, as an audience cannot be one-hundred percent sure if anyone stops to help this man, but from what is being perceived from this image, it is likely to assume that no one will lend a helping hand.
I believe the target audience are those that are either targeted themselves with these issues of police unfairness, or those that need to be educated about these issues in today’s world. This is definitely an issue in today’s world, so it is pertinent that in order to change this issue, everyone is aware of what is happening.
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