The criminal law is precariously balanced between protecting our safety and preserving our freedoms. Good lawyers and good police officers work as adversaries, but in concert, to advocate for the system to be the best it can be. The current climate of “us versus them” is too prevalent in the system and has the potential for disastrous societal ramifications.
Policy-makers have imposed agenda driven outside influences on the criminal justice system that make balance hard, if not impossible. When this happens we have decade long imbalance that results in citizens distrusting the system. The “War on Drugs” and Prohibition are examples of outside policies dictating an imbalance resulting in loss of freedoms, mass incarceration and some (justifiable or not) distrust of the police.
We will never find justice in our justice system until we bring everyone together to reach a consensus on what is a proper balance. Meaningful participation in this process will make the Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter duality an anachronism. If you care about the system, the only patriotic thing to do is to focus on solutions. Let’s work together to restore faith in the criminal justice system and the Constitution.