Is it a step in the right direction? I guess so. When the thug cops beat the living daylights out of Rodney King 30 years ago and got acquitted, I guess you could say we, as a society, are making progress. However, we are only at the point now where the crime must be clearly on video and the person must die. There so many defenders of this cop from Alan Dershowitz, to Ben Shapiro to Peter Schiff, yes the guy who talks finance has veered out of his lane to give his unsubstantiated opinion – all bootlicking, white supremacists, who claim the cop didn’t get a fair trial. And that if things were done differently, the result would have been different.
If this event was not clearly captured on video, then the cop would have lied, been supported by the bootlicking contingent who say the verdict will should be reversed on appeal, and that the cop should be released on bail pending appeal, and charges would not have been filed. If charges had been filed without the video evidence, the cop would not have been convicted.
The trial shows what we as criminal defense attorneys have been saying for years: the entire system is rotten and corrupt.
On the same day the cop was convicted for murdering George Floyd, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was killed by a cop after the cops arrived at her home in response to a disturbance call that she herself had made.
Cops lie is because they can. It is because prosecutors like anybody else want to win at their jobs. The problem is prosecutors do not have jobs like anybody else. They are bound by rules of professional responsibility or a code of ethics.
The American Bar Association has set forth standards intended to provide guidance for the professional conduct and performance of prosecutors. They are written and intended to be entirely consistent with the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Standard 3-1.2 Functions and Duties of the Prosecutor says,
(b) The primary duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice within the bounds of the law, not merely to convict.
Prosecutors and judges who enable cops to lie must be held to account. Until we figure out how to do hold these people accountable, the killings and lies will continue.