The Importance Of The Grand Jury System

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With the recent decisions to refrain from bringing charges, many have begun to question the whole grand jury system. This situation has caused certain “leaders in New York [to call] for special prosecutors, or the attorney general, to investigate all fatal encounters” (McKinley & Baker, n.d.). Legal experts have said that because the prosecutors select a “special grand jury to investigate police-related deaths, they insulate themselves from the final decision, while appearing to fulfill the public desire for an independent review” (McKinley & Baker, n.d.). Due to these ongoing problems many citizens feel betrayed by the court system as evidenced by the Grand Jury decision not to indict the officers who were accused of the death of Eric Garner. …show more content…
To the public it “shows that there can be no justice for Garner – or anyone else, especially if they are African American, if they find themselves in a similar tragic circumstances” (Capehart, 2014). Many citizens also feel betrayed by their own communities according to a report by the United Nations. Latinos and African Americans, in particular, have very low confidence in law enforcement and large portions of these communities believe police are likely to use excessive force on suspects” (Wihbey & Kille, 2015). This report highlighted huge discrepancies between the racial make-up of the community and the racial make-up of the police force serving that community. In particular was the case of Ferguson, Missouri, which “has been noted for the stark racial divide that exists between its residents and public servants [with] 67% of [the] population [being] black and 29% [being] white, a stark contrast to Ferguson’s police department which is 94% white” (Pulliam-Moore, …show more content…
This movement is “a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society” (“About the Black Lives Matter Network,” n.d.). The people who are a part of this program strive for a world “where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” (“About the Black …,” n.d.). It is important that this racial group has started this movement to prove that black lives matter, but it is also important to note that all lives matter. It isn’t just black lives that are being taken, but rather the fact that people should look at this situation as a whole and say that all lives matter. This program is just one way that is inspiring and continuing the movement against police brutality across the United States. This movement that still continues today has provoked genuine discussions about the continued structural injustices as well as the institutional

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