People think the offense of a street thug being beat down by police is a serious problem. While it is offensive, it’s not the problem folks think it is. Most the time the person being beat down may just need it. Before ya’all start getting crazy on me . . . Go walk down certain city streets alone after dark, you will find the person I’m talking about. Or more likely, he’ll find you.
But the person discussed above isn’t the true miscarriage of justice. The falsly accused, arrested, procecuted, convicted, and sentenced for a crime they did not commit is. In this type of situation the victim did nothing wrong but gets kidnapped and placed in a hostile environment, stipped of his freedom and his life because the system failed them and the original victim of the crime that set this situation in motion.
Whaty truely bothers me about a case like this is the criminal acts committed against the wrongfully accused that never get procecuted. Almost every case like this involves a cop that either turns up evidence they know false, a procecutor that surpresses evidence or does not properly investigate information that may prove the accused did not commit the crime, or a victim falsly accussing the person of committing a crime. Everybody in prison today that says they are innocent, they did not commit the crime putting them there may not be telling a lie. Those telling the truth, that claim themselves innocent of the crime committed, are themselves the more serious victim. But what of the crimes committed that led to their incarceration? Let’s look at this situation a little further for a moment.
Wnen a crime is committed, the intent of our Criminal Justice System is to identify and punish the person that committed the crime:
- When a person is falsly convicted of a crime, the person that committed the crime is left among us to continue his criminal conduct.
- In order for a person to be convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, somebody else has committed a more serious crime.
- In order for somebody to be convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, somebody we believe to be an honest and truthful person is not as honest and truthful as we believe.
- Everybody that participates in the wrongful conviction of a person; The victim, the Judge, Prosecuter, witnesses, cops, ande those sitting in the Jury are all now part of a criminal act. Even if they do not know it, they have conspired with others to take away an innocent mans freedom.
Not a big deal, right? It’s a damn big deal. We have people that we entrust with our safety, our community, our society that are able to commit the most serious of crimes without punishment. When was the last time you heard of somebody being prosecuted for not investigating possible evidence that might have proven a person not guilty of a crime?
There is a story in todays news about a 17 year old boy that got convicted of a rape he did not commit, spending 36 years in prison. It was later determined:
“His trial attorney did not elicit this evidence from witnesses and the police officer analyst misrepresented the results of his testing,”
I’m sorry but if it were me that lost 36 years of my life, my young life . . . I would be pissed. Why isn’t somebody being prosecuted for this crime? How many others have become victims as he has. Everybody that hadee anything to do with his arrest and conviction including the original victim should be tried for conspiracy to multiple offenses. I won’t continue this discussion right now but check out the links below for additional thought on the subject: