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Young Americans speak out on tough police stance

Young Americans have spoken on why so many of them have ended up in bother with the authorities.

Recently, a study found that nearly a third of young people in the US have been arrested before reaching the age of 23, with offences ranging from the use of drugs to violent crime. Maurice Johnson, aged 21, resides on a notoriously tough housing estate in the New York borough of Manhattan and claims that he and his friends were regularly harassed by police over the past year and still are.

Speaking to reporters, Maurice Johnson said that crime such as robbing and fighting has been occurring on a regular basis. The young male explained that NYPD are just too tough and stop him for no reason under the presumption that he is in possession of marijuana or firearms.

While the study failed short of pinpointing the reason why more of America’s young have been getting into trouble, other figures have show that rates of arrest are unsurprisingly higher in the poorer areas that young black people inhabit. Another individual, Marcus Whyte, aged 24, has served time in jail for selling drugs but insists that he hasn’t broken any laws upon leaving prison. Despite this though, he has been arrested several times by police. In his view, the figures can be blamed on the fact that young people are struggling to gain employment.



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