"NEVER Believe Uncorroborated Police Testimony
Once a criminal gang “wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renouncing of aggression but by the attainment of impunity,” wrote Augustine.
Simply put: Gangs and governments do exactly the same things, but the latter immunizes its agents from punishment. This explains why government enforcement agents — better known as police — so frequently engage in blatantly criminal behavior.
Whenever police commit criminal acts against innocent people, they do so in the serene confidence that their uncorroborated testimony about the incident will be accepted by judges, and most juries, as the truth.
The only exceptions would be those instances in which audio or video records of such episodes exist — which is why police have started to confiscate cell phones of witnesses and use wiretapping statutes against people who make audio recordings of police encounters. This fact was infuriatingly put on display last August in Philadelphia.--MORE