Innocent until proven guilty is a widely mis-used phrase. There is no duty in US law to believe that someone is innocent until sufficient proof has been produced. Otherwise we’d never arrest anyone unless we were 100% sure they were guilty. Probable cause means we have every right to suspect someone who has given us reason to do so. Innocent until proven guilty only refers to who has the burden of persuasion in a trial.

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