No Justice, No Peace !

862 WordsDec 8, 20144 Pages
No Justice, No Peace! “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Remember reciting this pledge every morning in elementary school? It was literally drilled into our heads for years and we’ve mindlessly upheld each and every word without a second thought. Now more than ever our nation has been questioning whether or not the United States criminal justice system has been doing an adequate job in regards to serving justice. The most recent controversies revolve around the verdicts following the cases of both Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In Ferguson, Missouri, Brown, an eighteen year old African American male, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. In Staten Island, New York, Garner, a forty three year old African American male, died at the hands of New York Police Department officers Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico from an apparent chokehold on July 17, 2014. Although it took several months for the juries to reach verdicts in each respective case, all law enforcement personnel involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner received the same outcome of no indictment. The message that is being sent from these verdicts is that police are above the law. In short, they can kill without facing repercussions. In order for the criminal justice system to serve adequate justice, we must hold all people, citizens and
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