Too often, cops think everyone is guilty

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 11:03 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Re "Family upset over traffic stop" (Our Region, March 25): The Founding Fathers were worried about the abuse of police powers because of its ability to undermine the core idea that all people are, by inalienable right, free. To ensure this right, they established the concept that all people are innocent until proven guilty. Without this shared value, none of us are free.

So when I read Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman say, "Sometimes innocent people are often caught in the middle of such circumstances," it sent shivers down my spine.

Why? Because it assumes that anyone who has contact with the police must be guilty until proven innocent. Just as the Founding Fathers anticipated, with that mentality comes police abuse.

If the standard for whether or not police abuse occurred was whether the police treated the suspect as if they were innocent, then I'm sure there would be a lot more violations.

-- Gary Fitzgerald, Carmichael

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