Convict Someone – even if it isn’t the right person

22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks to police who didn’t care about the truth. Lawsuit: Police Used Coercion and Hid Evidence to Wrongfully Convict Seven of Murder

This story from Tulsa, Oklahoma is worthy of shenanigans in Chicago.

[Detective Mike] Huff visited the actual killer, Michael Lee Wilson, one day after the Summers shooting. The cop found Wilson with the murder weapon and getaway vehicle used to kill Summers—yet Huff did not consider Wilson a main suspect.

Actually I don’t know how to interpret this. A homicide detective finds a guy with the murder weapon and the getaway vehicle and he isn’t tagged as a prime suspect. My initial guess is that he is just too lazy to change his theory based on the evidence – or too in love with his theory – to change it.

The Criminal Justice System, whatever else it is, is a system that is concerned about winning and losing and other percentages. It is less interested in justice. (Cops and lawyers don’t have their reviews based on the amount of Justice they’ve been a part of.)

At a 2016 evidentiary hearing, Price was asked whether he ever saw anyone in the vehicle during the drive-by.

“No, I didn’t, which is what I was trying to tell the police all along, you know, and they pretty much coerced us into saying [Scott and Carpenter were in the vehicle]… tell us to say we seen it even if we didn’t see it,” Price testified.

“Heavily prompting” a witness to tell the story you want doesn’t seem like good police work.

The article goes on to detail several cases where evidence was misplaced, witnesses who disagree with the primary theory of a case were ignored (why clutter the issue with facts?) and other examples of a sort of Truth-be-damned approach to getting convictions. Pressure was high to get convictions. (Gotta make the people FEEL safe. Whether or not they actually are is irrelevant.)

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