I would like to correct what I see as a presumption of guilt of the Cal Poly student-athletes whose faces and names have been displayed in The Tribune. Cal Poly has reacted strongly to make clear the university and the athletic organizations will not tolerate drugs or other criminal activities, and that is a good thing.
The Tribune has covered the suspected crime, the investigation and Cal Poly’s actions in general and specific to these young men. What I feel is missing is any presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I do not believe they have even been formally charged. That presumption of innocence is one of the key aspects of the American justice system: You do not need to prove you are innocent, you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
While reporting the news and keeping the public informed is important, it is at least as important to not presume guilt of the accused without benefit of a trial.