Evidence – I think people generally understand the meaning of the word – in legal parlance it can be circumstantial or “hard”.
But “evidence” can and has also been manufactured or surpressed – you can ask the Innocence Project about that.
There have been literally hundreds of falsely convicted persons who were facing a death sentence, life imprisonment, or decades of years behind bars released.
In such cases it isn’t uncommon to find the conviction was a result of surpressing or manufacturing evidence.
A sobering thought when the question is asked how many innocent people have died, been executed, or spent years in prison?
And conversely how many guilty people receive little more than a slap on the wrist or allowed to plead no contest and pay a fine, or avoid prosecution all together?
There’s a lot going on in the legal system, and not all of it legal or above board.
You’ve got adrenaline or steroid pumped cops gang beating subdued suspects, tasing people at will, and increasingly shooting them.
In fact statistical analysis has found that a person is more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist.
Originally video entered as evidence was touted by law enforcement as being indisputable, now when it shows misconduct they often times say the video doesn’t tell the whole story.
There’s a gang mentality that exists among cops – if one of their own, a “public servant”, steps forward to testify against another they are ostracized and labeled a snitch much the same as in any other gang.
It isn’t about being the best they can be, it is about a brotherhood, comrades in arms first and foremost.
The “law” has a long history of selective application from racial profiling to manipulating statistics, to casting an indifferent eye to rape victims among minorities and a concerted gung ho effort when it comes to high profile cases….you can ask Martha Stewart and Robert Blake about that.
A very real tiered layer of enforcement.
Criminal corporations who pollute the environment essentially poisoning every man, woman, and child on this planet are guilty of crimes against humanity – yet the harshest penalty they will face is a fine, usually without admitting guilt.
While a person who robs a convenience store where the number of victims are dramatically reduced will spend years behind bars, and the public is expected to believe this is justice.
Jordan Belfort “the wolf of wall street” bilked thousands of people out of their money, yet he only spent something like three years in prison. Does that sound like justice?
Is there a greater good in law enforcement breaking the law to gain a conviction?
Not in my opinion – if any believe there is I’d like to hear the “logic” behind it.
Law enforcement, the “interpretation” of law, and indeed the approach in which laws are enacted and enforced speaks to a modern day feudalism, a caste system wherein the application of it is measured in terms of status and ethnicity.
You can ask those who have to rely on a public defender as opposed to a high priced attorney. You can ask minorities who receive disproportionately stiffer sentences.
There is a growing perception among the public that cops aren’t trustworthy, that in fact it might be wise to view them as armed and dangerous….they have no one to blame for that but themselves.
Increasingly they are becoming a paramilitary force supplied with arms by the military – there is something inherently wrong in that and will predictably lend itself to internet conspiracy theories….and again, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Law enforcement hasn’t the right to demand anything other than compliance with the law – respect isn’t on demand, it is earned – a badge and a gun doesn’t change that.
Gang beating a subdued suspect or shooting someone in the back doesn’t either.
If it takes a half dozen or more cops with all their “training” to subdue a person while kicking, clubbing, and beating them they never should have made it out of the academy.
In the event they did when engaging in such conduct they should be summarily fired.
If they don’t understand that the law applies to everyone, including cops, they have no right to “enforce” it. If the concept of being a public servant escapes them then they need to get a job flipping burgers and restrict their “public service” to that venue.
It isn’t my intent to denigrate all cops, only to point out that their allegiance belongs to the oath they took and the public they swore to serve by upholding the law, not violating it…..something that applies from the nations “top cop”, the USAG, to a Barney Fife manning a speed trap in some obscure small town in the middle of nowhere.
If the police or any law enforcement agency refuses to police themselves, if they have no compunction about breaking the law then what is left? I say a state of anarchy exists within their ranks if such is the case.
I don’t want to hear excuses about good cops who are under appreciated, or a few rotten apples – I say those who are good need to be vocal in cleaning up their own back yard, in applying the law evenly if they would be appreciated, silence is not only consent but complicity as well.
If law enforcement is chosen as a career it’s hallmark both individually and departmentally should be integrity….not a gang mentality.
The us against them mentality AIM strove to create culminated in the murder of innocents and a litany of crimes – the same mentality existing in any law enforcement agency can only lead to the same, and in fact has in a growing number of instances.
If rotten apples exist in the barrel then good cops should be proactive in removing them.