Police Misconduct or Incompetence

Many times a wrongful conviction stems from the police work done before the case gets to trial. Many times it is incompetence or more seldom, intentional misconduct. As with any wrongful conviction, but especially at this level, the problem is a double-edged sword. Not only is the wrong person behind bars, but they stop looking for the real perpetrator who has the opportunity to commit similar crimes again and again.

The problem is succinctly expressed in this CBS News clip.

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