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answer is yes. We are all held responsible for the way our society works. Especially in a democratic government which is supposed to be run for the people and by the people. The statistics show that our society is on a decline and we need to do something soon. We must make America what it was meant to be and if it means making a sacrifice then that is what must be done. This is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but what kind of freedom is there in a society where social mobility is nearly impossible without the aid of altruistic sources? For years people have come to America to follow their own religion without being persecuted, or to escape some kind of threat to themselves. Isn’t it then our duty to protect the weak and weary? America is the land

of opportunity but what price must be paid? In order to make America truly what it stands for many things must be changed. The whole system must be changed from the inside out. More money needs to be dedicated to educating the children and to provide proper resources to the court system. Police departments should be run the way they were meant to be. They should serve and protect, not kill the innocent. Many holes need to be patched in the system but it requires a change in attitude around the country in regards to race and class. We must stop thinking about finding quick solutions and we must begin to think about the long run, and find solutions that solve problems, not create more. We live in a democracy and we have the right to decide where our tax dollars go. The American

public needs to make a stand on what’s right before it’s too late the politics of the system finally cause it to crash. As Amadou Diallo’s mother mentioned in an interview done by CNN, justice was not served in this case. Amadou Diallo was shot at forty-one times by four police officers right outside his home in the Bronx because he seemed to fit the description of a wanted felon. From the interviews I have seen and the articles I have read in newspapers, it seems to me like this shooting was nothing but poor police work on the part of the officers. They claim that Mr. Diallo waved an object that looked like a gun, later discovered to be his wallet, at them and that act forced them to shoot Mr. Diallo. Certainly in the dark things may get distorted and one might see

something that is not there but it is the police officers’ duty to differentiate between reality and what appears to be and to take every precaution necessary to ensure that a life will not be unnecessarily lost. This officers were part of a special crime unit and therefore that fact should prove that they are especially trained to deal with these types of situations. Another thing one might consider is that if Amadou Diallo’s wallet was confused for a gun, how could the officers possibly have any idea whether they had caught the right guy or not. They stated during the trial that Mr. Diallo was standing just outside his door and that it was dark. It is certainly possible that this was not the right man, and in this case it was not. So was racial profiling an issue in this

incident? I don’t believe that if one of the four officers were African-American it would have mattered in any way. If one of the officers had acted in such a careless manner as these four did then the rest would more than likely have followed with the same reaction, and shot Mr. Diallo. While the fact that all four officers involved were white seems to me irrelevant, it seems to me like there indeed was some sort of racial profiling done. The description of the wanted felon loosely fit that of Mr. Diallo’s. What was the description? A tall, thin, African-American with a short haircut? That description fits many people. If the police’s job is to serve and protect than police officers should be better trained to recognize criminals and they should be better trained to deal

with situations of this sort so that incidents like this don’t occur again. Even if one of those officers had been black, I think racial profiling would have occurred because while Police Chief Howard Safir denies the NYPD’s use of racial profiling, it seems evident in this case and in many cases around the country that racial profiling is used heavily. The NYPD and other police departments around the country should be better instructed to deal with these kind of situations. The police officers should make sure that the subject they have caught sight of is the right one. If the subject is in a dark area and can’t be identified, then every effort should be made to make that suspect come out and show him/herself. Another problem in the Diallo case is that the officers were