Unjustified Killings

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From unjustified killings of minorities, to the arrest of non-violent offenders, The United States police department has only recently been criticized heavily for their atrocities. The extensive abuse of their power has lead to the unjustified incarceration of people and even death. Since the controversy of Furgeson, the police department needs to start treating their officers as they would treat every other person. Special treatment is unfair and promotes things like racial profiling. The United States need to reform the justice system and hold public servants accountable for their actions. In recent months, police officers in the United States have been the topic of controversy, due to unnecessary killings by white officers against blacks. On August 9th 2014, Michael Brown, who was caught shoplifting, got killed by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department. Due to the Rashomon effect, the exact details of the confrontation are unclear but evidence strongly suggests that Wilson unnecessarily killed Brown, who was unarmed. This is an example of law enforcement abusing their power to an unreasonable…show more content…
Since the Nixon administration declared a “War on Drugs”, countless people have been arrested and charged for non-violent crimes like drug possession. 51 billion dollars are spent each year to finance this and over 1.5 million people have been arrested for non-violent crimes. Even politicians, like congressman Ron Paul, have said that the “War on Drugs” is a failure and reform is needed, reform that focuses on the real causes such as traffickers and, as well, drug education. These offenders make up for 16% of the prison population in the United States that has led to the highest incarceration rate in the world. 2,266,832 are currently incarcerated in the United States. This has lead to the overcrowding of prisons and encouraged the formation of prison
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