posted on Sep, 28 2016 @ 06:22 PM
a reply to: Vasa Croe
It's not a zero sum/all-or-nothing issue. People want police officers to treat all citizens fairly and enforce the laws equally. Law enforcement is
dependent on our tax dollars, too; just as they're supposed to protect and serve us, too.
But every step of the criminal justice system "coincidentally" treats minority suspects worse, from traffic stop percentages and average lengths of
convictions to prosecution rates and parole board release processes (you can read more
). At what point do these constant "coincidences" become recognized as a
pattern of systemic discrimination?
And ironically, what happens when citizens lose trust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system? They start taking matters into their own
hands. But how many people want to talk about that, much less why so many normal citizens in our communities have no trust in law enforcement and the
criminal justice system in the first place? Well, let's touch on that for a second.
Some estimates say at least 6% of African American males in high crime areas are active informants for law enforcement.
At the federal level, fifty percent of drug defendants cooperate, but as explained above, this may be too high a percentage for state and
Criminal Informants and America’s Underground Legal System
That would mean that for the young black male population in these high-crime pockets of poverty, half of whom are under correctional
supervision, half of those are drug-related offenders, and one quarter of those—one in sixteen, or about six percent of the total—may actually be
cooperating with the government.
This is important to note because law enforcement is notorious for failing to protect witnesses in these areas. And far too often, the person being
"snitched on" is also on good terms with law enforcement officers, which means the information on who snitched "coincidentally" gets back to them.
This is especially true when corrupt police are involved, which typically involves officers and/or detectives accepting bribes and information in
exchange for allowing individuals and gangs to continue their illegal activities.
When you've seen these exact things go on for decades, it's hard to trust many members of law enforcement. The ones involved in this system seem to
protect the criminal elements (who coincidentally are also informants), and most of the others refuse to clean up the corruption in their own
department. And the law abiding citizens in the community get stuck having to deal with corrupt gangs, corrupt police, complacent police who allow the
corrupt police, and a justice system that will NEVER believe them over the word of those corrupt police. But when people talk about these issues
publicly, they "coincidentally" get shot and/or left in a burning car (like this thread