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Is Our Justice System Fair To All?

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Is our justice system fair to all? Although the answer to this question is an opinion, there are pieces of evidence and commentary to defend this argument. The process of the legal system itself is all an opinion because in the end, the only person whose judgments matter is the judge himself. Over time, the wrong people have been arrested for the wrong things. Living in the United States, a country where crimes are committed constantly; we count on this system to make the right decisions. It is important that each case is treated equally when carrying out justice to keep the United States a safe place, to form a nation with good education, and to teach people from judging right from wrong. However, sometimes rights are taken from the wrong people. Our legal system is creating a dangerous path for African Americans in our country because of its’ highest per capita incarceration rate, its’ favoritism towards those in power, and its failure to carry out justice to protect people from the dangerous acts of those who are defined as criminals.
Was justice really served in the “State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman” case? Is our justice system fair to all races? This case is about a 16 year old kid from Miami named Trayvon Martin. On the night of February 26th, Trayvon walked from his father's house in a gated community to a nearby store. When walking back he was spotted by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer. There had been a number of break-ins in the neighborhood over the last few weeks and Zimmerman though that a young black man walking in the rain and wearing a hooded sweatshirt looked suspicious. Zimmerman then called 911 to report this person who "might be on drugs." He then got out of his car and, against neighborhood watch rules, began to chase Trayvon, saying that "these a-holes always get away." The 911 operator told him not to chase Trayvon but Zimmerman ignored him. No one knows precisely what happened after that because there was no tape or eye witnesses. But Zimmerman, against neighborhood watch rules, had a gun and shortly after there was some sort of altercation which ended with, according to several witnesses who called 911, Trayvon Martin screaming for help and then a gunshot. Zimmerman had shot and killed Trayvon.
The police then arrived at the scene and Zimmerman claimed that he shot Trayvon in self defense, citing Florida's "stand your ground" law. The stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. The police accepted his statement with barely any questioning and let him go almost immediately from the scene. They did not do any kind of drug or alcohol test on him nor did they do any background checks on him. Regardless of Trayvon having a cell phone on him, the police did not go through his contacts to try to find his identity or locate...

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