Unjustified Justice

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Unjustified Justice “Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting” (Mapping police violence). The U.S. Justice System has displayed a great deal of racial injustice, such as the use of racial profiling, throughout their police force. Acts that involve racial injustice are sadly, what make statistics like the one just stated true, and therefore the U.S. Justice System needs reform in their discriminatory practices. The unfair ways of the justice system can be seen and changed through, specific situations and examples of black lives that have been taken from white officers, the injustice and slack in correct punishment/unfair sentencing on the…show more content…
For example, in 2015, Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people, nearly twice each week (Mapping police violence). This number is unacceptable, and the U.S. should be ashamed at such an appalling statistic. The main cause of these nonsense murders is due to officers thinking it's okay to use race when singling someone out, but this tactic proves to be without logic and needs to be changed. Maryland is in agreement, they are one of seventeen states who have put a ban on discrimination and it's stated that they ban “pretextual“ traffic stops, in which officers use minor violations as a pretense to search for other illegal activity, a practice experts say often involves racial profiling. Delores Jones-Brown a former new jersey prosecutor and founder of the center on race, crime and justice at John Jay college noticed Maryland's recent involvement in the active law and commented “I think it's the kind of thing that needs to happen on a state-by-state basis, because it at least creates the assumption, the impetus, for officers to start thinking differently about what they have been doing,” (Stolberg). Thus meaning, if the U.S. Justice System did make this law active in every state, like Delores said, the mind of a white police officer would eventually change for the better, and there would be a gradual decrease in race based killings of…show more content…
For instance, Imagine the life of a hardworking officer, who barely gets to rest. They soon become overworked causing them to be fatigued and not fully aware of the il-considered and rash decisions they make (Wilbur). However, this is not an excuse for when they claim that they were “too tired” and not in a proper state of mind, in the case of shooting an innocent black man. Another common excuse, that can be seen as two sided, is the fact that many cops are simply looking out for their own safety, but then are being bashed with false accusations of being “racist” afterwards. Cops, are merely acting on their judgements and what they feel is right at that exact moment, which may include shooting a man who serves as a threat, instead of putting their own life on the line (Appuzo). The thing people don’t understand, is that there are many precautions a cop can take so the situation doesn’t ever have to get to that point of seriousness. For example, the 21 foot rule, which is a commonly taught method, within the police force and has been for 20 years. The rule says an officer should at least keep 21 feet away from a subject who serves any kind of threat (usadojo). If all officers obeyed this rule in every situation, than they wouldn’t have to be so worried about their safety,
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