Injustice of a justice system

Some thoughts I wanted to write down:

I’ve been following the news coming out of Ferguson, NYC, and other areas where police have killed unarmed individuals, almost of all of them minorities. Without a doubt, more needs to be done to ensure police are policed themselves. These last two weeks have made the need even more apparent and the disparities between races very visible. With the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case, myself (and many others) realized that footage of an officer’s accused wrongdoing is not enough.

There are many police officers who do their jobs well, often unrecognized as they are simply doing their job. However, still vast groups of people do not trust the police, and have good reason to do so. We’ve seen the statistics already, even some first-hand accounts on Twitter and elsewhere. Like many others I’m outraged at this string of verdicts, cases where prosecutors are significantly biased going into a case and thus do not consider all sides equally. This is not even for deciding innocence or guilt, but rather whether or not to press charges.

The system is not broken, as it delivers the same set of decisions consistently. But the justice system has a history of being injust. We need to fix that. I’m just not sure how. Technology alone can’t.

I’ll return to this post later when I am better able to express my thoughts, and have more information to qualify them.

 
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