Ferguson: Both men are presumed innocent

08/21/2014 6:08 PM

08/22/2014 5:16 PM

Re "Jumping the gun on innocence" (Letters, Aug. 21): James McCandless criticizes the editorial board for saying Michael Brown had a right to presumption of innocence and due process of the law, but it doesn't extend the privilege to Officer Darren Wilson. Yet, two sentences later, he states that Brown "had stolen from, and physically abused a store clerk." As if Brown was already tried and convicted of the crime.

It is easy for people to sit back in their armchairs and make declarations about who is to blame or who is innocent. We don't even know if all the information we are receiving is entirely accurate.

I don't know what exactly happened, as I wasn't there. And if you weren't there, then you don't know exactly what happened either.

The right of presumption of innocence holds true for both parties.

-- Scott Hoppe, Citrus Heights

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