Why Cops Should Not Be Automatically Believed

Despite an increasingly obvious track record of lying on reports, framing innocent people and many other forms of misconduct and abuse, juries tend to automatically believe police officers when they testify in court. Defense attorney Rick Horowitz explains why this is a bad idea, in response to another person pointing out that not all cops are bad:

The problem, of course, is that these days you just can’t tell, by looking at a particular law enforcement officer, whether a particular law enforcement officer is one of those who is being honest, or whether he is one who will lie (especially in court), or plant evidence, or ignore rights, or follow the law.

Therein lies the problem.

I know I say some nasty stuff about police officers. It may surprise you to know that I didn’t always talk like this, or think the way I do. Over the years since I became an attorney, however, I’ve come to know that every one of the things I talked about above happens on a regular basis.

Some police officers lie.

Some police officers plant evidence.

Some police officers ignore rights.

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