Friend of CCATDP, Mohammed Shaker wrote an op-ed for the conservative publication, Rare. Shaker describes why he believes that the death penalty isn’t in line with conservatism or libertarianism. He wrote,
Bottom line, there is no reversing an error after a death sentence is carried out.
Human life is far too precious, something driven home to me in my military experience. As a combat medic in Iraq I cared for others, nursed them back to health, and tried to save lives regardless of race, creed, or religion.
But I‘ve learned that in our country people of color and those living in poverty disproportionately receive death penalty, compared to those with status, influence, and wealth.
This is patently unfair and un-American.
Writing one day before Independence Day, Shaker also stated,
A system that can deprive even one innocent person of life and liberty, compromises liberty for us all. This Independence Day, let’s embrace the principles and values that bind us as a nation and commit ourselves to ending the death penalty once and for all.