The Boston police essentially were in the act of framing a black man, Willie Bennett, for the murder, when Stuart’s brother Matthew revealed that Charles was the killer. To give further credence to the carjacking story, Matthew had met with his brother after Charles shot Carol, taken the murder weapon, and the couple’s wedding rings, and threw them off the Pines River Bridge in Revere. Charles Stuart committed suicide after confessing the crime to his lawyer and Matthew Stuart later went to prison for his role in the crime. (For more on this case, see http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/10/23/stuart_case_still_felt/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Stuart_(murderer))
Rodney King after his beating by Los Angeles police. (Photo from http://innerstandingisness.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/racist-responses-to-rodney-kings-death/).
In America, you’re presumed innocent until prove in a court of law. And in too many cases, you’re presumed innocent if you’re a white man or woman who beats or kills a black person.