Since We've Been Discussing Police Misconduct...
I though that some of you might be interested in this recent episode of Frontline. It tells the story of the "Norfolk Four" a group of men who were convicted in connection with the rape and murder of a young woman and all confessed to the crime under intense police interrogation. All these men were convicted on the basis of their confessions despite the lack of any other evidence against them. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-confessions/
After watching this episode, I really appreciate politea's position on protecting individual rights against police misconduct. It is important to safeguard these rights even when the incident might seem trivial in order to prevent more extreme constitutional violations that can have more serious consequences. Also, it is important to be aware of your own rights, including the right to ask for an attorney and the right to remain silent under police questioning. The documentary makes the point that innocent people often fail to invoke these rights, because they believe that an innocent person does not need protection from the law.