The Complex Issues Involving Law Enforcement Essay examples

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African Americans have a long and difficult history in the United States. They were once property that could be bought and sold. They once had separate water fountains, bathrooms, and schools than whites. They had to fight for their rights in America and even though they have as many rights as every other American under the letter of the law, there are areas in which they still have to deal with undo ridicule, harassment, and injustices in our society.
This paper is going to explore the complex issues involving law enforcement’s often unfair treatment of African Americans and the effects it has. My intention is to explore the unfair application of laws, arrest and incarcerations rates, and sentencing disparities between races.
Racial disparities have recently been thrust into the spotlight in the United States after a series of controversial instances where the African American community felt that justice was not served and that the justice system itself was biased against them. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown chief among these cases. These are very controversial topic that has exposed vitriol and anger from both sides. Personally, I am a strong proponent of law enforcement reform and reforming our justice system in the United States. The United States incarcerates more people per 1,000 citizens than any other country in the world by a large margin and that number continuously grows every year. What our justice system is currently doing is not working and…

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