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Grand juries shouldn't decide cases involving officers

Grand juries shouldn't decide cases involving officers

California became the first state this month to ban grand juries from deciding whether to indict police in cases of excessive and deadly force. In light of revelations by a Charlotte County grand juror, Florida should enact a similar law that includes corrections officers. Louise Salcedo risked a felony charge by violating an oath of secrecy to tell her story to Sun Newspapers, which essentially confirmed what many already know: The grand jury system is rigged to produce whatever outcome prosecutors desire. In cases involving law enforcement, that usually means no indictment. That's apparently what happened in June when Salcedo's fellow grand jurors chose not to indict...

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