Police often have a difficult job. For example, they are tasked with investigating suspicious deaths. As they do so, they often face pressure from the victim's family and the general public to provide answers, and even those officers with the best of intentions can fall victim to this pressure. Unfortunately, a rush to judgment can often have significant implications on a person's life. Two men in Maryland who now face criminal charges after the murder of a suspected drug dealer will likely want to ensure that their rights are upheld throughout the criminal process.
The incident happened at approximately 11 p.m. one night in late December. Police claim that two men, a 30-year-old and a 26-year-old, were attempting to purchase marijuana from a 28-year-old man. During the transaction, a fight allegedly ensued. Reports indicate that one of the two men began shooting the alleged drug dealer in the upper body.
When police discovered the man, he had already died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. It is unclear at this time how police connected the two men now charged with murder to the incident and what evidence they may supporting their claims. Both men are being held.
While it is clear that the family of the deceased victim deserve justice, it is also important to safeguard the rights of the accused. In all cases resulting in criminal charges, a person is presumed innocent until and unless proved otherwise. In order to do that, prosecutors in Maryland must prove that he or she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is purposely set high to avoid the conviction of innocent people.
Source: abc2news.com, "Victim IDed, 2 arrested in Baltimore Co fatal shooting", Dec. 28, 2014