Police Brutality in America -- U.S. Cited for Widespread Human Rights Abuses According to Amnesty International: "There is a widespread and persistent problem of police brutality across the USA." Ethnic and racial minorities--particularly young black and Hispanic males--are most frequently targeted, while the majority of police departments remain predominantly white. Young people, particularly minority youth, are seen by police as criminals because of the way they dress, because they frequent certain areas, or simply because of the color of their skin. Police officers and departments guilty of acts of brutality in most cases go unprosecuted and unpunished. Arrests and convictions of police officers for excessive force are extremely rare. While many cities pay out large sums to settle civil lawsuits, police departments and individual officers are rarely held accountable. View full text of the Amnesty International report at: http://www.rightsforall-usa.org/info/report/i...
FrontLine Investigation: The Plea Nearly 95 percent of all cases resulting in felony convictions never reach a jury, but instead are settled through plea bargains. The push to resolve cases through plea bargains jeopardizes the constitutional rights of defendants, who may be pressured to admit their guilt whether they are guilty or not. Those who refuse to "cut a deal" and maintain their innocence, insiders say, are often rewarded with extra-harsh prison sentences