Inone cold Monday evening, after a wearisome working day, myacquaintance boarded a public service vehicle (PSV) to his home, fourmiles away from his working place. However, after a mile theyencountered a traffic jam. This made their journey tiresome, so hedecided to flip through the Forbes magazine to pass time.
Unfortunately,while in the jam, a SUV hit their vehicle from behind as it tried toovertake them. A surprising episode happened the SUV driverimmediately alighted from his vehicle and slapped the PSV’s driverblaming him for careless driving, people were shocked but all theycould do was to look with wonder. When the police arrived at thescene they saluted the SUV driver, and then arrested the PSV driverwithout establishing the cause of the accident. Regrettably the SUVdriver was a chief police officer.
ThePSV driver was accused and charged for assaulting and hitting thechief police officer’s car. He was jailed for three months. Socialclass played a significant role in ensuring that reality was buriedand false allegation was propagated (Reichel, 2002). From the case,it is clear that the PSV driver was mistreated because of his lowsocial class compared to the chief police. This is evident becausethe chief police officer caused all the commotion by slapping the PSVdriver and hitting his automobile.
Social class plays a significant role in determining whether one getsjustice or doesn’t in criminal justice system where corruptionthrives (Reichel, 2002). Court cases have been ruled in favor of therich due to their ability to influence investigations through bribes.Even worse, some criminals have gone an extra mile to bribe courtjudges.
Reichel,P. L. (2002). Comparativecriminal justice systems: A topical approach.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.