So the six officers in Baltimore have been charged with various charges. Good. Obviously there was some wrongdoing there rising to the level of criminal behavior. Now, everyone says that the cops are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Certain supporters of the police, and commentators on Fox News, like to press this point, and always presume innocence until the trial is over. But this is a legal fiction. Obviously, in many cases when the authorities arrest someone, their guilt is very nearly assured. It’s not unfair to assume guilt when the evidence is powerful right from the get-go. If we really presumed everyone completely innocent before a jury finds them guilty, we wouldn’t arrest anyone and keep them in jail. So for the legal system, fine, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But this doesn’t mean that we can’t make certain reasonable judgments beforehand.
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