Is their a thing called Justice???

Innocent are killed, justice still not served.

Justice never served

Thesis

Over the last twenty years their has been hundreds of cases were the innocent are accused of crimes they haven't done. Some are lucky enough to have their cases heard, and let out of jail. Unfortunately, some don't have that same opportunity and is killed of a crime they didn't commit.


The Situation

One of the most notable and recent cases of that was the Eric Garner case. Eric Garner was an African American man accused of selling cigarettes in front a beauty supply store in Staten Island, New York.(Behind the video of Eric Garner deadly confrontaion) When confronted by the white police men, Garner got fed up with the police and reportedly shouted “I was just minding my own business.“Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!” Then, the officer proceeded to tell Mr.Garner to put his hands behind his back, in which he refused to do, then the police officer put the man in a choke hold. While Mr.Garner was in the choke hold, he shouted i cant breathe six times, but the police didn't let up and said ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.” apparently he wasn't OK, consequently he died.("I can't breathe.Eric Garner put in a choke hold")


The way it relates to the crucible.

The way that this relates to the Crucible is for one the abuse of power,and how people with power take their own measures to resolve a situation and abandon the rules. Secondly, the fact the innocent people are killed without evidence of them participating in any wrong doing. The main person we see abusing their power is Judge Danforth. In "The Crucible" Danforth was the one that convicted the innocent people to death, without listening to any of the evidence, but using and listening to his own thoughts and beliefs. When Judge Danforth said "You must understand sir, the person is either with the court or he must be counted against it, their is no road between.(Miller 3.1080) In this quote, Dantforth is saying that if you cooperate with the court and do what they say you're life will be spared, but if you go against the court you will die.In this case that is what happened to Garner he didn't agree with he police so he was killed for it. This quote is explains alot of innocent killings of innocent men specifically African American especially: Mike Brown, Tim Loherman, Rodney King(wasn't killed but severely beat). We should all get the idea, that people that has more power and think they are superior to others will do anything, because of that belief that they are the law or in some cases they are "above" the law.


Another idea that they both share is that in time of chaos people forget they morals, or in other words instead of doing what is right, they do what will keep them out of trouble in the process that hurts other people. An example of this is The Crucible is when Abagial said": Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down"(Miller1032) In this quote, We learn the true motives behind Abigail’s actions, even as she tries to get the girls to agree on a story to protect herself. She uses the threat of violence, and their belief that she might know some real witchcraft, to keep them in line. In the Eric Garner case, despite all of the proven evidence the officer got the cops to believe and tell one cohesive story that got his acquitted of crimes that he faced.("Eric Garner Grand Jury Evidence.50 witnesses testfied in NYPD Daniel Pantaleo Case")

Next, in The Crucible we see people speaking out against witchcraft especially John Proctor. One of John Proctor mission is to prove Abigail is lying. When Proctor says "Abigail is a whore!" In this short quote,(Miller1067)Proctor reveals Abigail’s true motivations, jealousy and desire, at great personal cost to himself. In the Eric Garner case we see many athletes supporting and speaking out on the case like Derrick Rose, Reggie Bush, and Lebron James. This is what John Proctor did he spoke on witchcraft, and these NBA athletes are wearing shirts that openly protest the Eric Garner decision.("Derrick Rose wear protest shirt") Unlike The Crucible their gaining support of others and it isn't a risk to their life.

Lastly, another relation that The Crucible and this case is the murders of innocent people. Mass amount of people protesting and supporting. When Hale says "excellency, I have signed seventy-two death warrants; I am a minister of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it."(Miller1065) Hale is know speaking out on Judge Danforth killing of the innocent is mad of how many innocent people are being killed and Judge is just sending more people to death. Later Hale kind of veers away from Judge Danforth and decides to change her mind on the witch trials and regret what she has done. The day on the decision to not convict the officer that choked Eric Garner their were alot of riots, violent protest, peaceful protest, and people speaking out on the case. The family of Eric Garner received alot of support from people everywhere.("Protest erupt after Eric Garner decision")


Alfred Jackson

Mr.Grossman

American Lit

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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2014/dec/04/i-cant-breathe-eric-garner-chokehold-death-video


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Phillip Ross, December 4, 2014. 4:38pm

http://www.ibtimes.com/eric-garner-grand-jury-evidence-50-witnesses-testified-nypd-daniel-pantaleo-case-1734826


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