Imagine that you have been arrested and the story told to you in court sounds nothing like what actually happened at the time of your arrest. What would you do? How would you respond? How would you defend yourself?
Most of us would argue that the state’s story was a lie and then we would tell them what really happened… but who would the court believe? Would the court believe the arrested criminal or the state law enforcement officers who are supposed to be the good guys?
This scenario played out for a Bloomfield, New Jersey man, and he almost went to prison because of it.
After a domestic dispute encounter, Marcus Jeter left his home in Bloomfield; several minutes later he was pulled over by police who charged him with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Mr. Jeter faced time in prison over the encounter – but he said the police reports were complete lies. Even his lawyer thought he was the one lying. Fortunately for Jeter, a 2nd dash cam tape that police had been hiding eventually surfaced during the trial – proving his story and showing proof positive that the police reports were falsified and the officers had lied about what happened. (At around 2:30 into the video you can watch and hear as the officer lies and acts out for the cameras about what Mr. Jeter is doing.)
What is most scary about this situation is that it could happen to anyone, anywhere in the country – if the government so chooses. The government has access and control at every stage of a criminal trial. If the government chooses, evidence can disappear and testimony can change. It is one reason that those arrested are supposed to always have a presumption of innocence – but far too often that isn’t the case. This may be an isolated incident in a corrupt police department, but it’s also a reminder of the power the government has over each one of us and why we should remain skeptical of our government at all times. Even if President Obama says otherwise.
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” — President Barack Obama
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” — Thomas Jefferson
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