Re: 8 police, lots night sticks and 1 man dead
Before I went to college, I felt like many folks that if you were charged or hit by a police officer, you must have done something wrong to deserve it. But I have come to realize, that yes such people exist that are guilty, there are people who for mitigating circumstances have committed a crime, but without the evil intent assumed by the law. And then there are the innocent folks who are tagged because of a number of reasons.
Many of you have seen the movie, My Cousin Vinnie. The wrongful charges and proof of innocence really was established because the vehicle driven by the Defendant did not have positraction and could not have left the skid marks left at the scene. one of the first criminal cases i worked on was an armed robbery with a half dozen etc witnesses who fingered the suspect, except that the defendant was sitting in am airport 300 miles away and was on video tape when he presented his ticket to fly home.
I have seen too much abuse of the system. Even if only a very few do this, it leads to too many people being charged improperly.
In all fairness, some cases involve charges when the LEO was unaware of fine point exceptions to the law. So where an exception or little known justification exists, the officer is unaware and the charges are still improper. For instance using force to keep a person from destroying property.