The United States now has over 18,000 separate police organizations with the legal authority to kill American citizens. No dictator, tyrant, or "evil empire" has ever had such a police presence, either in sheer numbers of gun-toting officers, or the number of independent police authorities with the authority to use lethal force.
By every definition, our nation has become a police state. We have more laws with prison as penalty (314,000 of them), the highest conviction rate in the world (98.6%) and more prisoners than any nation on earth or history (7.3 million, or one in every 31 Americans are currently imprisoned or suffering liberty restraint). There are marches going on all over the United States this weekend, and public attention is finally focusing on this tragedy.
Twitter posts abound from #MillionsMarchNYC #blacklivesmatter #ICantBreathe #Justice LeagueNYC all calling for an end to senseless police brutality, but no one in power seems to be listening....yet.
What troubles those of us intimately familiar with what is still called the "justice" system in America is that once arrested and charged, there is no longer a system of due process to allow them their day in court. Much like the police brutality that often starts this process, there is a brutal conviction machine that will end up destroying all but 14 of every 1,000 of its victims and 95% will be forced to plead guilty rather than going to trial.
If you would like to argue this issue with me, I ask that you first watch the 15 minute film, Justice Denied, at the link below. I hope you then vote for it to go to the Sundance Film Festival. If you still want to argue with me, which I very much doubt, feel free to call, write, or email, and we will talk all day or night. My contact information is at www.howellwoltz.com and I would love the opportunity for anyone to prove me wrong.
Please spread this to your friends and anyone interested in a return to justice in America.
Howell W. Woltz
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz. Howell is the European Correspondent for The Richardson Post and Chairman of The International Centre for Justice.