Inequality in the Legal System

Inequality in the Legal System

View Full Essay In the United States, true equality has never existed.   From the
Declaration of Independence to modern times, the US legal system has failed at
any attempt at equality.   ‘...all men are created equal...' may be what the
Declaration says, but ‘some men are more equal than others' is how the legal
system interprets that phrase.   The actual reality of the Declaration of
Independence is that all free, white, landowning men are created equal.
Therefore, inequality has always existed in the united States' legal system
and continues to exist today; however, the inequality presently in the system
is not as blatant as what it once was.   Slavery continued in the United States
for nearly ninety years after the Declaration, and African Americans still
feel the sting of inequality today.   If the US legal system is blind and just
as it is supposed to be, why, then, is a minority, such as the African
American race, the majority?
One of the most controversial issues today is the act of racial
profiling.   The most common form is direct, meaning victims are directly
profiled, usually by the police.   In this form, individual officers act on
racial stereotypes against racial minorities, especially African Americans.
Recent studies in New Jersey and Illinois have confirmed that minorities are
disproportionately targeted by police officers, although minorities are almost
helpless in reporting ‘color of law' attacks.   It is their word against a
legal official and, in most cases, the minority victim does not receive
justification because the officers are cleared of charges.   In 1957 President
Eisenhower mandated that the United States Department of Justice prosecute
civil rights violations, to include police misconduct, thus, allowing uniform
application of civil rights law across the nation.   Officers cleared of
wrongdoing often do not understand the legal guidelines for police misconduct
and feel unjustly targeted by the Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau
of Investigation,...