The constitution has 27 amendments that are all meaningful and has had great effect on the U.S. but the ones we found most significant to society are the 5th, 13th, 14th, and 19th amendments. The 5th amendment states, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property
Racism was stronger in the south than in the north and Emmett Till was walking into an environment he had never encountered before. Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in cold blood on August 28, 1955, after he was accused of flirting with a white married proprietor of a small grocery store. What Till was accused of violating the code of conduct for an African American male in the south. After the event Roy Bryant, husband of the woman from the grocery store, and J.W. Milam, his half-brother, kidnapped Emmett Till from his home.
If the person does stay quiet they are saying it is okay to do morally wrong acts which is wrong. It is easier to stay quiet, not create conflict, and accept the fact they are guilty but it is not the right choice to make. The people believe that they are powerless to the government but if all the people were to realize what was going on around them they could stop all the wrongs being done. Mildred, like everyone else, would rather stay cowardly and be guilty with society
No jury in this part of the world 's going to say 'We think you 're guilty, but not very ' on a charge like that. It was either a straight acquittal or nothing" (Lee 219). After reading this in the novel the quote really shows that if a white man and a black man both commit the same crime almost a certain chance the black man will get accused wrongly first before the white man will ever be. This quote changed the point of view on many characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. It changed the view of Tom Robinson
This demonstrates that he greatly cared for his children and their safety but was prone to having psychotic episodes that muddled his mind and led him to commit dangerous and unusual acts. There is also an inclination to believe that if he had not suffered from this state, then the offence would not have been committed, specially not in the barbaric way it was done. Thus, it cannot be concluded that the accused willfully preformed the act, nor that the mens rea and the actus reus coincided while he was not in a psychotic state. (Roach, 113) Related to this finding is another element that supports the verdict of the Honorable Judge, which is the Principle of Fundamental Justice that states that no one should be “punished for morally involuntary actions.” (Roach, 82) A person who successfully raises the mental disorder defence is considered to be morally innocent of the act because they were not acting freely, in this case, free from psychotic ideations. (Roach, 83).
Over the years, there have only been twenty-seven changes, the most recent one in 1992. The Seventh Amendment of the Bill of Rights says that we have the right to a trial by jury in civil cases when the amount being fined exceeds $20.00. This amendment also says that no U.S. Courts are not allowed to retry any previously tried facts. The amendment says, “In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be
Officers understand that not all situations will always be easy, either some may be dangerous; others can be simply misunderstandings between cases. Citizens who cooperate with any law enforcement officer will end up well because no use of force or breaking of the law was committed in the situation. Unlike other cases some citizen seem to dislike officers, which leads them not to comply with officers and that leads officers to make quick decisions to not let these citizens get out of control. According to the article Organizational-level police discretion states that, “Thus,
Ronald J. Dominique of Houma, LA has confessed to murdering 23 men over the past nine years and dumping their bodies in sugarcane fields, ditches and small bayous in six southeast Louisiana parishes. His reason for killing? He did not want to return to jail after raping the men. In 1997, authorities found 19-year-old David Levron Mitchell 's murdered body near Hahnville. The body of 20-year-old Gary Pierre was found in St. Charles Parish six months later.
John Brown was crazy and his plan was a failure. He killed many people therefore “He has been called a cold blooded murderer” (Source 1). The first person he killed was unfortunately a free black man. Source 12 states that, “The first man killed during the raid was Hayward Shepherd, a free black man working with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.” This is crazy because the goal of Brown’s raid was to help blacks, yet here he killed a black man. This is proof that he may not be right in the head.
Many African Americans are tried for crimes that they did not commit. In the book Just Mercy, the author, Bryan Stevenson reveals one such incident involving Walter McMillian. The McMillian case became one of Bryan’s career defining work. Walter McMillian, a somewhat successful black man in Monroe County, Alabama, was wrongly charged of the murder of a local white girl named Rhonda Morrison. The investigation of Rhonda Morrison was ongoing and the public had began to lose confidence in the local law enforcement and were starting to question the effectiveness of the law.
It does not matter even if African-American who were lynched even if they were innocent. To the eyes of the White southerner all they want to is lynched. “The mob decided to take the remaining brother out to Camp Parapet and hang him there” (Document 73, pg. 99). Well found out that White mob would lynched family members or friends if they could not find the suspect.
Another was the death of a 60-year-old black man named John Dukes, who was killed by whites in revenge for Dukes shooting a white constable. Dukes was hanged and even set on fire by the mob. Because of these events, and many other previous ones, Senator Wagner requested that the federal government do something. However, the Attorney General said that they could not become involved in state government issues, unless the federal government allowed it. What was even more disappointing was the fact that no anti-lynching bill had been passed on the federal level.
Holding Police Accountable for their Killings of Unarmed People of Color Fruitvale Bart Station is where I begin and end my day. The infamous platform in Oakland, California where bart police murdered Oscar Grant, a fully restrained unarmed African American who was celebrating New Year 's Day with his friends and girlfriend. Johannes Mehserle, the police officer involved in the shooting was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Thus, having to spend the minimum two years in prison but being he had time served he only would only spend seven months in jail with possible bail. Murder?
Oscar Grant was shot by Johannes Mehserle on New Year 's Eve. The police are killing innocent blacks. This is how the police are killing African Americans. The police should treat them equally. Eric Gamer was choked to death because he refused to be put in cuffs .
He wants the people to notice and realize injustice the law is. However, there is nothing wrong with fighting against something that feels unjust, but fighting sometimes may lead to destruction within the public. The law shouldn’t be based off of just the people’s opinions but also what the government think is best. It’s acceptable to do what is right but many are afraid to stand up to the the government due to the fact that they have more power. Therefore, people may see going against an unjust law as something to avoid because of the aftereffect they will be having to face.