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What kind of judicial system would allow children to be charged and tried for exaggerated charges nonexistent to laws? Segregation of races is at an all-time high and, now, it has stooped a new low, separating parents and their children.
The type of people responsible for security and oppression heavily rely on labels and backgrounds. Some states fail to establish rules about how young someone can be prosecuted. According to the actions of the Rutherford County, Tennessee, judicial system, that age is as early as possible.
Because children’s minds and bodies are still growing and evolving, by law anyone under the age of 18 is not considered capable of handling the same rights as mature adults. For example, children under the age of 12 obviously do not have the right to vote, and they cannot sue or be sued, or enter into certain types of contracts, so they should not be prosecuted or approached with any aggression from anyone, especially government officials who have ulterior motives and agendas.
Judges and prosecutors play an enormous role in the way people view the criminal justice system, considering the ongoing pendulum dispute on whether or not it is indeed just in the prosecution of young children. The proven involvement of government officials on the influence in the war on drugs and the unjust laws that were derived are clear indications that the lawmakers have an agenda that is constantly attacking and harassing the Black community as a whole. The judicial system targeting children became a noticeable issue in 2016 when policies were first used to arrest and prosecute 11 Black children. Six were put in cuffs, and four were locked up in jail while awaiting their hearings.
Judge Donna Scott Davenport for the juvenile justice system has shown children were targeted by a judicial system. They were unjustly prosecuted and criminally labeled by government officials. She states that she is a firm believer that a child must undergo consequences by the state.
A tactical dressed group of officers were sent to Hobgood Elementary School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to arrest several Black girls without a legal warrant. The girls were accused of watching a skirmish between five and six-year-old boys against one older boy.
All of the kids involved a Black, and the oldest was eight at the time. The officers were sent to the school because of video footage taken of the altercation between the boys. However, they did not come to arrest the boys that but to apprehend the girls who were bystanders.
The investigating officer wanted to charge the girls who stood by the fight with conspiracy to commit assault, but judicial commissioners of Rutherford County presented an alternative. The officials decided that the youngsters’ alleged failure to stop the fight between the boys was enough to charge the girls with “criminal responsibility for the conduct of another.” These charges are not supported by any law in Tennessee.
The judicial system that unfairly targets children is unwarranted. People’s eyes have to be opened to the fact that appointed officials trusted with the decisions and lives of the public saw to it that these very young and obviously underrepresented kids were stripped of their rights. They were sent off to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center, a two-tiered jail for kids equipped with surveillance cameras, 48 cells, and 64 beds.
In Rutherford County, the judicial system locked up kids in almost 50% of its cases, whereas the statewide average is 5%.
States attorneys typically review a police investigation and decide what charges to file, if there is even a case. However, in Rutherford, judicial commissioners are hired who pass on primary responsibilities, from issuing warrants to conducting probable cause hearings that should have taken place and immediately thrown out. These clearly objective-minded officials are tainting due process and appointing unofficial members to conduct atrocities within the county’s judicial system.
Opinion News by Darryl Robinson
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
ProPublica: Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge; by Meribah Knight
Forbes: Tennessee County Reportedly Illegally Jailed Hundreds Of Children, Charging Some With Crimes That Don’t Exist; by Nicholas Reimann
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