Despite being a common practice now in the US, killing someone, legally or in an illegal manner, is not a pleasant thing to do as well as to witness. It is disturbing to watch, hard for the executioner to conduct, and extremely painful for the victim. This practice is so cruel that even the doctors have refused to carry out the process as it is against their code of conduct. Because of this, there is an assistant or a nurse in the room where the execution takes place, and it’s his/her job to carry out the process. The doctor will only come to confirm the death, and this is the main reason why many executions go wrong. Something is bound to happen when an unskilled, nonprofessional assistant will do the job, which can only be done by a professional correctly. This is compulsory in death by lethal injection as it is the form of execution where a person can be left paralyzed. In all other methods, the inmate eventually dies even if the process goes wrong.
The earlier case discussed of Angel Diaz is not only an example of how an innocent can be killed by the state but also of how much wrong execution can go. His execution is the one that will be remembered for a long time for all the wrong reasons. Diaz was killed by the method of lethal injection. Three drugs were used on him, which included; pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride, and pentobarbital. The first injection went directly through his vein and into the tissue below. It was then forcefully pumped into the tissue, which was then slowly absorbed by the body with agonizing pain. Moreover, pancuronium bromide is extremely acidic and needs to be dissolved before use, but this was not done in the case of this innocent victim, further increasing the pain. The second drug, potassium chloride, is used to stop all voluntary movement but doesn’t stop the heart. Strong anesthesia should be given before the use of this, which was not given to Diaz, due to which he began suffocating. This drug was also inserted in his tissue rather than the vein. At the time when he should be unconscious, the man was struggling with extreme pain and also gasping for air. Then the third drug, pentobarbital, was injected, which should have stopped the heart immediately, but as every other drug was absorbed slowly through tissue rather than the vein, Diaz did not die immediately. He was feeling extreme pain and a burning sensation throughout his body while being half-paralyzed and struggling excessively. It took 34 to 36 minutes for him to be pronounced dead (AMERICAN MURDERER, 2015). Witnesses say that it was very disturbing to watch.
Reasons to eliminate death sentence
Apart from the brutal ways of execution, killing a human being is never a good idea. It, not just a moral issue for people as to, should a person be killed or not because of the crimes one committed. There are many other reasons to eliminate this cruel practice. On top of all, it is no visible proof that this practice deters people from committing a crime. Other than that, reasons also include the lengths of time for which the person is kept behind bars before is life ends. In California, for example, it takes a minimum of 26 years between a death sentence and the actual execution. This state has executed very few people; in fact, most people awaiting a death sentence die a natural death due to old age. Another thing is the expanse, killing someone systematically, is not an easy task. It is estimated that killing people legally has caused more than a billion US dollars to the American taxpayers in a period of just five years (Masaki Ichinose, 2017).
Public’s Point of View
When it comes to interviewing the general population, most people do not agree with killing a prisoner, in their opinion, “he is a human being first, then a prisoner and no human deserves to die like that.” People think that everyone deserves to live; they may be confined in a certain space but not be killed. They have families, friends, wives, children, and mothers. Those people have done nothing wrong to suffer the loss of their loved ones. And if an innocent person is executed, then this is the biggest miscarriage of justice ever. Every single person involved in processes of bringing an innocent to his/her coffin should also be punished. And the families of such people must be given huge compensation. Of course, money won’t bring back their loved one, but it can give some kind of relief to them if any. This is the least that the US government should do as it is responsible for the preservation of the rights of every single tax-paying, law-abiding American, and it has failed to do what it was supposed to do.
On the other hand, there are people who appreciate the death penalty. Their argument is that if a person had no remorse for the person that is killed, then there should be no mercy for that individual. These people are a threat to society, and this threat should be eliminated. US government protects the rights of every single American, not just the ones in jail. If the lives of people are in danger because of someone, then that individual should be executed. But on the point of life sentence versus the death penalty, then these people split into 50 50. If we further add the fact that the ones in jail won’t see the outside world for rest of their lives, they will spend years thinking what have they done every day and will die their natural death, wishing they could turn back time and go on to live a normal life, they won’t ever see their children grow up, they will never spend another day in their own house with their own family, then most people who at first supported the death penalty turn their opinion in favor of life in a sentence as it turns out to be even crueler than the death sentence.
Death penalty and wrongful convictions are two problems that are of great importance, but unfortunately, they are not much addressed in this country, which affects not only the prisoners but most of all their families who pay their taxes regularly and are law-abiding citizens of this country. If the voice regarding these issues is not raised today, then countless people will suffer in decades to come just like countless people suffered before, and there will be many more innocent people thrown in jail for the crimes they never committed.
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