The arrests of five New Haven police officers over an incident that left a man paralyzed in June demonstrates an important principle, which is that everyone is subject to the law, including those tasked with enforcing it. If police officers are not held to account for their misdeeds, there is no hope for justice for anyone else.
The legal system will determine whether those officers will be found guilty. They are granted a presumption of innocence, just as would be expected for anyone else. But there was no guarantee that they would even face charges, even given what is known about the case. It’s an important step that will help ensure accountability.