What examples show that Heck Tate in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is not prejudice?

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, "prejudice" may make one initially think of white vs. black, but Harper Lee was speaking to any instance when...

...an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand orwithout knowledge, thought, or reason.

Initially, when Heck Tate brings Tom Robinson to the sight of the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, he does not mistreat Tom:

...I went down to Robinson's house and brought him back. She identiied him as the one, so I took him in. That's all there was to it.

In a modern context, one might expect nothing else of Tate. He was, after all, a policeman. However, looking back into the history of African Americans trying to find fair treatment in America, some members of law enforcement were not as ethically-driven as Heck Tate. Heck does not beat Tom; he only takes him into custody as the law provides. At the hands of others in many places in the South for hundreds of years, "innocent until proven guilty" was not the standard. As one example, in the Selma to...

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