"If you're innocent, you have nothing to fear,

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If you scour the web enough

you'll find many body cam videos released by police departments after complaints of harsh treatment during traffic stops have "gone viral". So many of these show to be completely fictitious or show that the person being stopped acted in such a way that justified the police action. Accusers in high places have done this and have been compelled to resign their positions due to lack of credibility or professionalism.

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(NT) In the meantime, harm can be done, sometimes permanently.
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Yes, perhaps true

Harm can come just as easily to the innocent as to the guilty. All it takes to tarnish a person or ruin their career is an accusation followed by media publication of it. Proof of guilt isn't mandatory.

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Folk tale about slander.

One man slanders another; later finds his factual assumptions were wrong.
Goes to the injured man and offers recompense.
Injured man says Go get a pillow.
??? [Gets the pillow]
Injured man says Cut it open and scatter the feathers.
??? [Does so]
Injured man says Now put all the feathers back in the pillow.
BTW the correct term here is libel, which is essentially written slander. Worse, because it's on record.

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