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Injustice in the US Justice System

Updated on June 3, 2015

Injustice in the Justice System

Injustice in the Justice System



Imagine being falsely found guilty of a crime that you did not commit by officials of a justice system that swear to uphold and abide by the truth. Imagine being oppressed with cruel punishments by those same officials of the justice system that are supposed to comply with the Constitution of the United States. Is it possible that the officers of the US Justice System are not always just? Is it possible that thousands and thousands of innocent people are victims of officers in a justice system that are just as corrupt, if not, more corrupt than people that actually committed crimes they condemn? The US Justice System is tainted with corruption. What is that corruption? That corruption is error, faultiness and lies. That corruption is greed for power, monetary gain, and prestige. That corruption is unfair manmade laws that harm a lot the people of a society that are under the delusion that America is the home of the free. Did I just say that a lot of the people of society are under a delusion? I did and here is why.

I had been staying at my brother’s apartment in Redwood City to visit my family for the week from Los Angeles. I was at the apartment while he was gone taking care of some business and I decided to walk to the store and buy some food to eat. I went shopping and bought some cereal, milk and other food. As I was walking home I met a guy on the sidewalk who asked me if I could help him out with some change so that he could buy some food. Being friendly, I gave the guy some change and a box of cereal so that he had some food. As I was talking to the guy on the sidewalk a police officer drove pass us and came to a halt in the middle of the road and backed up his police car. The police officer told me to go come over to him and I did. I was not sure what he wanted but I was about to find out.

Once I got over to the police car the first thing that the officer asked me was what are you doing talking to that black guy? I told him that I just met him and I was on my way home. Then I asked the police officer if there was anything I could help him with? Once I asked him that he began to ask me if I was on probation or parole. I said no then he asked me for my ID. I told the police officer that I am doing nothing wrong for him to be questioning me and interrogating me and that I am going to go to the apartment where I am staying. He then said that he has a legal right to question me because he thinks I am on illegal drugs. I told the officer that I am not on drug and he got out of his police car and told me to that he was going to do a test to determine if I am on drugs. I did not want any problems, I just wanted to get back to the apartment to eat and watch a movie. The officer told me to look into his eyes and he looked at them for about a minute. Then he told me to go to the front of his car and place my hands on the hood and he began to search and empty my pockets. After he searched my pockets he told me to place my hands behind my back and put handcuffs on me and told me that I am under arrest. I asked why he is arresting me. He said for being under the influence of an illegal stimulant.

I was very upset about this unjust harassment. The police officer took me to jail on a Friday in the evening and I had to wait until Monday to go to court. I was not used to being in jail and I did not like it at all. When I went to court the public defender told me that I could take the case to trial but I will have to stay in jail longer or I could plead guilty or no contest to the charge and get out of jail that day. At that time I did not really know much about the justice system and I did not want to be in jail any longer. I asked the public defender what no contest meant and she told me that I would not be admitting guilt to the charge and I would get out of jail that day.

I wanted out of jail so I plead no contest. I was not saying I was guilty and I could get out of jail that day. Had I known that more about pleading no contest I would have plead not guilty, stayed in jail and went to a jury trial. I went before the judge and my public defender did most of the talking of me. I was asked by the judge what I plead and said no contest. The judge said that the court finds me guilty of the charges and then sentenced me to one year of probation and gave me a hefty fine which I was not able to pay because I was unemployed and was going through financial difficulties at the time. I was really upset about that but all I was thinking about was that I was getting out of jail that day. After I got out of jail I went back to my brother’s apartment and I packed my belongings and went back to Los Angeles. As time went on I was struggling to get work to survive and I did not really think too much about the incident. I just kept looking for work.

I was not able to get a job so I started going to school. I was about two years into school and I was still not able to pay the courts in Redwood City. As I was in school I started thinking about the false drug charge that the judge placed on my criminal record. I wanted to be able to get a job when I got done with school and started thinking that the drug charge that the courts put on my record could possibly hamper any possibilities of me being able to get a job so I went to the court in Redwood City and requested that they let me change my plea from no contest to not guilty.

I spoke to the lawyer and he told me that I cannot do such a thing because there is something that is called statute of limitations that does not allow me to do so. The time frame of the statute of limitations was 6 months. I did not know that and I am sure that many other civilians don’t know these laws that seem designed to trap them into the system based of false accusations. I did not understand how the justice system can find someone guilty without any tangible or solid evidence. The basis of the conviction that was put upon me was just a false opinion that the police officer had. There were no urine analysis or blood tests to determine if there were any illegal drugs in my body taken to prove the police officers opinion to be a fact. I thought to myself how can the justice system do this and be called a justice system? That is not just or fair! I have come to the conclusion that not only is it not just or fair the justice officials and people that make up these laws to trap people are tyrants and need to be stopped from harassing and destroying the lives of the people just so they can make money off of them unjustly.

I know that I am not the only person that this kind of injustice has happened too. There are thousands and thousands of people that get trapped into the system everyday by making a plea of no contest just to get out of jail like I did, do to ignorance. Something is defiantly wrong with the justice system in the United States and it needs to change. Laws need to be changed. The people in office need to be replaced with just officers that will treat the people fairly. The police officers need to be regulated because they are out of control. The whole system needs an overhaul because it is hurting the people that it is supposed to protect from injustice and serve to make the world a better and safer place.

Today, I am still in school and I am very cautious whenever I see a police officer. Not because I am doing anything wrong but because I am aware at any moment I can be a victim of the police doing wrong. They can pull a person over and make up any story that they want and take them to jail. They are a part a system that makes money only if people are in jail or fined. The sad thing is that it does not matter if you are innocent. If they want to arrest you they can just make up a bogus story and take you to jail. I know this from experience.

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