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The United States is not a healthy democracyThe United States is not a healthy democracy A basic requirement for any healthy democracy is its founding on the basic principle that all men are created equal This means that man is judged on the fact that he is man and only that There are no other means or factors brought into account This is not the way men are judged in the United States In the United States ethnic and racial generalizations often influence judicial executionThe attorney generals office of New Jersey itself released a 112 page preliminary report concluding that many officers may be inadvertently discriminating against minorities in their fervor to stop drug traffickers This report was based on the findings of an investigation on the tactics of New Jersey highway patrols and what criteria they use in identifying suspicious motorists Among their findings were that over a four year period eight out of every ten cars pulled over on a southern stretch of the new jersey turnpike were minorities and forty percent of all traffic stops over a twenty month period involved minorities In addition the police themselves admit that race is a factor in how they decide whom to stop and searchBut the problem is not limited to police officers and their behavior it escalates into a federal judicial issue in which the profiling is deemed constitutional In the case us v Weaver the us court of appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the officers actions in using race as a factor among others in his decision to stop a potential drug-smuggler Other courts have agreed with the Eighth Circuit that the constitution does not prohibit using race as a factor when they decide who is a suspect if this is done for purposes of law enforcement and crime preventionFurthermore there is no visible end to this injustice in the near future since state police leadership has encouraged this
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