The question of the moment is the “presumption of correctness” automatically given to the police (and the apparent monopoly that the police have on the presumption) in matters of violence and the presumed “legitimate use of lethal deadly force” given to police (and the apparent monopoly that the police have on that presumption.) If you remove both of the aforementioned presumptions, then the playing field is more balanced with the citizenry.
You have yet to hear any so-called leader or elected official articulate the above suggestion at all in legislative matters nor have you heard the above suggestion articulated in the national discussion, legislatively or otherwise (other than in the “cable news analyst world” which may or may not have any effect on real life) on relations between the armed police force and the citizens of this great nation. The question is the “presumption of correctness” AUTOMATICALLY given to the police and the apparent monopoly that the police have on the presumption in matters of violence and the presumed “legitimate use of lethal deadly force” given to police and the apparent monopoly that the police have on that “legitimate” presumption when dealing with citizens of this country, must be part of the policy articulated by the people who are elected by the citizens of this great nation at the legislative level. Those elected officials represent the ideals and opinions of the citizens, all of them, who elected the officials. Only then will the citizens of this nation begin to level the playing field when it comes to the presumption of correctness of the use of lethal deadly force against the citizens by the government by and through the police force when that “presumption of correctness” is reduced. And that discussion must begin now.
At the end of the day, when you look at the now tragically iconic photo of the late Michael Brown lying dead in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on that fateful August 9, 2014 day as a result of the Ferguson Police and their presumed “legitimate use of lethal deadly force”, there are some citizens of this country automatically assuming that the now deceased Michael Brown “must have done something wrong” in order for the still un-named police officer to act the way that the officer apparently did, with this shroud of the “presumption of the legitimate use of deadly force.”
That presumption is wrong.
That presumption must end now.
Joseph Haynes Davis, Esq. is a licensed Florida attorney whose law practice includes criminal defense and is located in downtown Orlando, Florida in the central business district. Davis is also an award winning broadcaster, with over 30 years of broadcast media experience as an air personality, program director, political talk show host, and operations manager at radio stations in a number of markets throughout the United States, and is the younger brother of the late trumpeter Miles Davis. Davis hails from E. St. Louis, Illinois which is part of the Metropolitan St. Louis area.