Justice Essay

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Advice for Police.

Submitted: February 25, 2015

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Society has become compromised because of ignorant and gullible individuals. Many people believe that racism has been expunged from the corners of the world; however, it thrives, running rampant through the streets of society and causing racial tension in its path. These tensions are apparent through police use of coercion to pacify the public. Their hasty decisions  based on racial misconceptions and racial prejudice lead to the use of excessive force on innocent, unarmed citizens,  which can easily bring ruin to an individual and make citizens feel insecure and lose faith in the government.

An officer’s actions can easily hurt an innocent person. In split-second situations, an officer’s bias is magnified exponentially to the extent that it constricts the officer’s ability to think straight and asses the situation. In the case of Sean Groubert, a police officer, shooting Levar Jones, an African American, Levar Jones allegedly tried to  reach into his car after he was warned by the officer to stay off the road. Sean Groubert immediately took out his gun and shot Mr.Jones. Mr. Jones was supposedly trying to “take out his license”(POLICE STATE USA). During the time when Levar Jones was reaching inside of his car, Sean Groubert thought that the man was trying to pull a gun or weapon. The cop fell prey to his many preconceived ideas about the stereotypes of African Americans. Police officers should learn how to suppress these thoughts of racial stereotypes to remain equitable in these split-second decisions. Sean Groubert should have stopped Levar Jones using some other alternative and only shoot Mr. Jones as a last resort. Because of Sean Groubert’s rash actions due to his racial prejudice, an innocent man was shot because of his incompetence to give Mr.Jones the benefit, not doubt.

Also during those split-second decisions, if a police officer resorts to using force to detain an innocent citizen, the police officer is misusing his authority by not serving the people’s interests and discriminating one race is better than another another race. Eric Parker, police officer in Alabama,  mistakenly slammed a 57 year old immigrant who does not know how to speak English, Mr. Patel, whom Eric thought to be an African American for suspiciously walking around the neighborhood. Eric Parker’s obligation in the first place was to serve the interests of the people in the given community; however, due to his racial prejudice of African Americans and misconception that Mr. Patel was going to break the law, he ends up almost taking an innocent and harmless life. His actions toward Mr.Patel are unforgivable, breaking his spine and placing him in a severe coma. This racial prejudice and bias makes citizens feel less secure and have less faith in the police force because for a law enforcer to paralyze an innocent, old man’s legs just to stop him is unforgivable and unjust. Officers should not pay greater attention to their racial misconceptions rather than the true interests on those on the community they are meant to be protecting.

Although some might say police are not making brash decisions and calmly assessing the  situation before taking action, not letting racial biases cloud their judgment, it is constitutionally unreasonable to use deadly force on a person without any weapons in their hands. Based on the police shooting Antonio Zambrano Monez, a Hispanic, who possessed no weapons like a gun for“hunting a deer” when the three policemen cornered him and shot him is constitutionally outrageous(NY TIMES). This goes against their authority and challenges citizen’s security. Citizens are apprehensive in that “they are afraid to send their children outside” because if they run away accidentally; they might end up having the same fate as Antonio Zambrano Monez(NY TIMES). It is obvious that the police are not making correct, safe, and calm decisions because the citizens themselves are afraid that they could be targeted.

Racism thrives on stereotypical comments and creates preconceived ideas in people’s minds when interacting with different people. That’s why most Americans, including cops, are plagued with these subconscious preconceived notions about a  person and judging by appearance. Police should remain impartial and not get swayed by this bias and racial prejudice to make a hasty decision of pulling the trigger. One way to improve better judgment calls is by conducting more police training focused on interpersonal relationships with the public and educating them better on when to use force and when not to use it. Police should have unequivocal reason why they need to pull the trigger but should not let racial biases cloud their decision. Life is precious and should not be squandered over by one’s blatantly false misconceptions of the person doing wrongdoing. Prejudice is a version of dishonesty, and dishonesty is a form of injustice.

 


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