America is looked upon by other countries as the land of the free. However, it is disappointing that the people who is responsible for protecting our freedom, are now feared and despised because of the discriminatory crimes they have committed. Instead of protecting our society, police are abusing their power. In order to put a stop to this; the government needs to create restrictions, provide more training for officers, and set forth more consequences when they take someone’s life. Police brutality is when an officer uses excessive force on a person.
The death penalty can put innocent individuals in danger. Race also plays a huge factor to the executions of a civilian’s life. The death penalty can be racially discriminated against. Capital punishment or the death penalty is administration allowed penalty of death. Offenses that can
Large amount of criminals, have the possibility of being put on death row depending on the level of extremity of the crime they have committed. Although during convicted times, certain individuals are wrongfully accused and placed on the death row. That is why in the United States, the use of Capital Punishment is wrong and unnecessary therefore, it should be banned. Many advocates of Capital Punishment often will put out that the charges of an innocent life being convicted are lower to... ... middle of paper ... ....” CBS News. Web.
Here is another case where a person was not as lucky as Kirk Bloodsworth. “In Texas in 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson-murder of his three children. Independent investigations by a newspaper, a nonprofit organization using top experts in the field of fire science, and an independent expert hired by the State of Texas all found that accident, not arson was the cause of the fire. There simply was no reliable evidence that the children were murdered. Yet even with these reports in hand, the state of Texas executed Mr. Willingham.
It has persuaded me to think twice about some of the criminals in prison and whether or not they are innocent. Cases like Edward's make people more against capital punishment. An innocent man was killed while the criminal is still living. Capital punishment is killing to rid the world of our problems instead of sorting them out. The documentary shows capital punishment to be barbaric and endangers the innocent.
The judge ruled that they would be held without bail and there was probable cause to charge them all with first-degree murder (Thrown Away, 2005). Michael and Derrick both struck a deal in exchange for implicating Andy as the one who fired the fatal shots. Under Colorado’s felony murder rule, Andy could be found guilty of first-degree murder just for simply participating in a violent felony. Of the three boys, Andy would be the only one to stand trial for first-degree murder, which could carry a mandatory sentence of life without parole. In May 2001, Andy went to trial, after a brief deliberation, the jury found Andy guilty of robbery and murder in the first-degree.
People who are present at murders say they saw nothing. In the heat of the moment, those who are careless and say they saw something, later recant. It can be argued that Charlestown has the world's greatest concentration of blind amnesiacs. “If only the Bunker Hill Monument could speak, the stories it could tell,” said Terry Titcomb, a resident of Charlestown. Titcomb’s son, Albert, was murdered in 1994 by Shawn Fritz, who is currently serving a life sentence.
He was fifteen years old when he was charged for first degree murder for killing his mother and stepfather, after years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. At the time of the trial, Jacob’s brother explained that the reason why he killed them was in order to end the abuse that had been going on for years. Prosecutors said that he was exaggerating the abuse to give Jacob an excuse to kill. The jury felt sympathy for them, but said that her “hands were tied” at the moment of determining his sentence because there are not any exceptions in the sentencing law for first-degree murder, regardless of age or circumstances surrounding the murder. Jacob was sentenced to life without parole.
These actions cause the actual criminals to be out and about carrying out more crimes. In November of 2005 Juan Moreno, the victim of a non-fatal shooting, was the only eye witness to the crime. Moreno had told the Houston Chronicle paper that the alleged shooter, Ruben Cantu, was innocent and that he had only pointed at Cantu because of pressures from the police. Unfortunately, Ruben Cantu had been executed years before the newspaper was published (Sangillo). This shows that pressure from other people towards the witnesses could wrongfully convict and unfortunately kill innocent people.
What kind of society can go around killing people immediately for crimes that may be persuaded by others or assured by racial demographics? One may argue that the people that undergo these abhorrent felonies deserve to die and that “they wanted it”. Even if they did want it, that shouldn’t have an impact on what the punishment should be. If anything that should make a greater point to why these criminals should be put in jail, so that they can suffer for what they have done. The death penalty is wrongful in many aspects and should not be prohibited in any states, no matter what the circumstances are.