It isn't always possible to both know exactly what the truth is and be able to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt to a court of law. Which means it isn't always possible to get justice, at least not through proper channels.
“From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” said Clark Fredericks, a former scout who spoke in a tense Newton, New Jersey, courtroom about the reasons for his killing.
Part of the reason Fredericks said he kept silent was because he didn’t think anyone would believe him, due to Pegg’s police badge, and part was due to fear.
“Dennis Pegg controlled me by torturing and killing animals in front of me, saying he would do the same to me if I told anyone about our secret,” Fredericks said.
“I started stabbing Dennis,” Fredericks said. “I said, ‘How does it feel raping little kids now. It’s not so fun raping little kids now, is it?’ At the end, I slit his throat.”
The courtroom broke into applause after Fredericks finished testifying, shocking the prosecutor, NBC New York reported.Let me explain it to you Mr. Prosecutor.
He killed a cop, a man who by virtue of his employment is above the law. This cop abused his position of trust in the community and prayed on little boys. There was nothing Clark could do about it when he was 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 or 12 years old. NOTHING! There wasn't a single member of your office who would have believed him, or his friends. Not then, not now, not ever. Because the criminal was a cop, there will almost never be justice in these instances, unless it's privately administered.
Which is what happened. When cops and lawyers are corrupt there is no "proper channel" that a citizen can turn to, but that doesn't mean that there can't be justice. When justice comes people cheer, because they know that nobody would have believed 8 year old Clark, but they believe him now.