Justice Is Blind Essay

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Justice, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the administration of law; especially: the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity. In simpler terms, it is the process of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals. So when I hear the words “justice is served” I imagine that the guilty are convicted of their crime and given a punishment and the innocent are given freedom.
In our country, Lady Justice is a relatively well-known figure. Lady Justice is perceived as a women, who holds the scales of justice and an unsheathed sword and is sometimes depicted as wearing a blindfold. The blindfold that she wears is a symbol that Justice is blind. If Justice is truly blind, which
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On February 26, 2012, during the night, George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin who was unarmed. The 17 year-old African American, high school student and the 28 year-old neighborhood watch captain had gotten into an altercation when Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman (Trayvon, 2015). During the altercation, Zimmerman suffered head injuries, afterwards he was released without being charged of any crime because Zimmerman claimed self-defense (Trayvon, 2015). In the state of Florida there is a law called “Stand Your Ground”. “Stand Your Ground” says that a person is justified in the use of deadly force and has no duty to retreat if the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony (Florida’s). This law has caused problems in the state before, but nothing that made it national news before this …show more content…
There are multiple forms of police brutality most the most common one is the use of physical force. Police brutality is frowned upon in the United States, but most times the police officer who uses excessive force is never punished. This is not okay at all. Citizens look up to and trust that the police are there to protect them, not cause them harm. When an officer uses excessive or unnecessary force, they are causing the system to seem unfair. If the police can get away with beating or shooting a man to death, what says (besides laws and the police) that citizens cannot do the same? The officers who get away with using excessive or unnecessary force, never have clear reasons for why they did what they did. The events at the scene of the attack never add up to the officers having to cause harm to the person they are detaining. The power that the officers think they have during situations where citizens resist arrest is great and that power goes to the officer’s head making him/her believe their actions are considered okay. Most cases of police brutality are in cases that feature African Americans or a minority. If Lady Justice was really blind, the police would not have so much power over minority groups in the United States. Also, the officers who used unnecessary or excessive force, would be punished for their crime if Lady Justice was truly

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