This situation is complicated when police officers are on trial - but again, for conservatives, the logic should be straightforward. Legally they must retain the presumption of innocence, since the police will be prosecuted in their capacity as American citizens. But politically, conservatives have no business taking at face value the state's judgments of its own actions against citizens. They should assume that these rulings are at least unreliable and often corrupt and self-interested, for all of the exact same reasons conservatives assume that other government actions are corrupt and self-interested.
So it's extremely telling when, outside of the jury, an endless parade of "conservatives" demand we give armed agents of the state a benefit of the doubt against (black) citizens:
I support: RULE OF LAW, INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, COPS! #DarrenWilson "NO" to mob rule & racism! pic.twitter.com/ZEKGG1kuf0
— Stevesr1944 (@stevesr1944) August 24, 2014
People are innocent until proven guilty. EVERYONE gets the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Mob justice goes BOTH ways.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 15, 2014
'Everyone's innocent until proven guilty including Ofc. Darren Wilson.’ WATCH: http://t.co/P3ckoHsEnT RT if you agree pic.twitter.com/vzkkqck5B3
— Outnumbered (@OutnumberedFNC) August 18, 2014
#Ferguson is sounding like a lynch mob. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? They afraid the FACTS won't fit the meme?
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) August 20, 2014
MO Governor Ignores “Innocent Until Proven Guilty,” Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” of Officer Darren Wilson http://t.co/2ujJsfUZG5
— Paul (@SilentRev0lt) August 20, 2014
UNREAL: Dem Gov. Nixon Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” Of #Ferguson Officer Wilson. <= Innocent until proven guilty? http://t.co/ujKt1aVSlq
— Marc Hilliker (@MarcHilliker) August 20, 2014
Did you WATCH @SandraSmithFox call out Gov. Jay Nixon? RT if you agree. http://t.co/mv2blfdIdp #outnumbered #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/fq0gDw5dAM
— Outnumbered (@OutnumberedFNC) August 20, 2014
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought in America you're innocent until proven guilty. #FergusonShooting
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) August 20, 2014
#DarrenWilson is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law, not a court of criminal looters, protesters and the liberal media #tcot
— Mrs Freedom First (@MrsFreedomFirst) August 21, 2014
Bottom line is that police risk their lives to protect us each and every day. They deserve respect & OF COURSE the presumption of innocence.
— Ryan K. Rinaldi (@RyanKRinaldi) August 23, 2014
@the_real_Grubbi @AC360 @SunnyHostin @Markomaralaw @markgeragos I believe in the presumption of innocence & think he will be railroaded!
— Joseph Livingston, 3 (@JoeyL3rd) August 23, 2014
@BobPhillyPa Apparently the ‘presumption of innocence’ is not a factor in #Ferguson! @GovJayNixon @CNN @jaketapper
— Defund NPR PBS & NEA (@Jarjarbug) August 23, 2014
@THEAlleyeceeing @_JGR The presumption of innocence until proven guilty must prevail along side the freedom to freely speak out against it.
— OppressedAmerican (@OppressedUS) August 23, 2014
We have only one side, really. You deny the presumption of innocence? You let media dictate facts? @Txrebel05 @jpayneancap @marshallsheldon
— MrsLibertas (@Bloviate_Barbie) August 23, 2014
@DarrenKavinoky is officer Wilson not entitled to the presumption of innocence under our constitution?
— proud-momma (@l_see_you) August 23, 2014
@bleu_ruby you are aware that that is the law right? Presumption of innocence. No court of law has deemed him guilty, it's an investigation
— PalmBayConservative (@COS_PalmBayFL) August 23, 2014
@laurenwilliams @jbouie People that are pro presumption of innocence, maybe?
— Tweet Child O' Mine (@EwwMoist) August 23, 2014
Dear #DOJ : Looks like your Prosecutors R unfamiliar with #presumptionofinnocence #Ferguson http://t.co/AXlFaGPGeg
— Z (@HALO_7) August 23, 2014
I support justice. I support due process. I support Offcr Wilson's right to presumption of innocence. #iamdarrenwilson
— KayRay (@rasor_kimberly) August 23, 2014
@GeorgeZisaFatty Well, theres a difference between supporting his actions and supporting the presumption of innocence.
— Casey (@DOJOIBS) August 23, 2014
Make a donation to Darren Wilson and send Obama a message to we still believe in presumption of innocence for ALL! http://t.co/8Bx8aq9JV4
— Marjorie Haun (@Reagan_Girl) August 24, 2014
Sitting somewhere. With a presumption of innocence. RT @newsbusters: 'Where's Officer Wilson?' CNN Headline Demands http://t.co/cOKz0uVnRa
— Chad Jay Mahoney (@CJayMahoney) August 24, 2014
WH deems #Ferguson shooting racist before Grand Jury returns - denies Officer Wilson presumption of Innocence... WHO's the RACIST Mr. Pres?
— Monica Henry (@chevymo) August 24, 2014
Democratic Party abandons presumption of innocence! http://t.co/8KHQsTIKx8 #tcot
— Navin Jay (@navinjay) August 24, 2014
So much for innocent until proven guilty... pic.twitter.com/q3T5RoA3ww
— Skip (@sundoghigh) August 24, 2014
Certified fund for #DarrenWilson. Cops deserve presumption of innocence, due process and justice, too. #Ferguson http://t.co/6wZNuTsnOQ
— coreshift (@coreshift) August 24, 2014
Support Officer Wilson #Ferguson Americans Innocent until PROVEN guility in a court of law http://t.co/DWZUQG9Isp pic.twitter.com/sDAgp1D1vM
— Chris (@Chris_1791) August 24, 2014