What Happens When Law Enforcement And Government Ignore Constitutional Protections

2072 WordsMay 5, 20169 Pages
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the New Orleans system of courts, allowing the removal of all checks and balances. The factual narrative of Zeitoun, a Syrian American businessman, concerning his arrest one week after hurricane Katrina as recounted in Dave Eggers Zeitoun. His story, one of many, describes what happens when law enforcement and government ignore constitutional protections. One year after Katrina Brandon L. Garrett and Tania Tetlow’s article, Criminal Justice Collapse: The Constitution After Hurricane Katrina published in the Duke Law Journal, explains what happened. Two years after Katrina, Caterina Gouvis Roman, Seri Irazola, and Jenny W.L. Osborne’s research in After Katrina Washed away? Justice in New Orleans published by the Urban Institute, reviews the then current state of the New Orleans legal system and finds the continuation of the same problems. In Zeitoun’s case, without oversight, law enforcement denied him access to communication, counsel or due process. Zeitoun’s story includes many positive experiences in the aftermath of Katrina, such as saving peoples lives; however, his nightmare begins when Nasser, Zeitoun’s friend, calls him outside, where law enforcement takes him into custody this way “’Give me your ID,’ one man said to Zeitoun. Zeitoun complied. The man took the ID and gave it back to Zeitoun without looking at it. ‘Get in the boat,’ he said. ‘You didn’t look at it,’ Zeitoun protested” (Eggers, 206). The men detain Zeitoun without explaining

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