November 3, 2011

Two Police Forces

I just dug up this fascinating quote after reading Occupy Vancouver's current list of demands.

If law-abiding citizens are to be protected against unjust persecution by the police, there must be two police forces... one designed, as at present, to prove guilt, the other to prove innocence; and in addition to the public prosecutor there must also be a public defender, of equal legal eminence. This is obvious as soon as it is admitted that the acquittal of the innocent is no less a public interest than the condemnation of the guilty.

— Bertrand Russell in Power: a new social analysis

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