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Indiana State Police investigators wrote two reports about the shooting of an unarmed black man — a real report, and a sanitized version

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Radley Balko  reports in the Washington Post:

A recent lawsuit filed by the family of a black man killed by an Indiana state trooper has made some pretty serious allegations. Lucius Washington was unarmed when trooper Seth Mann turned on his lights in 2012, apparently after seeing some men arguing. Washington ran. Mann chased him, pulled him down from a fence and put him in a chokehold. The trooper claims he then felt Washington reach for his gun. He fired nine shots at Washington, killing him.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Here, the two reports diverge.

The first one, dated April 4, 2013, ruled that Mann’s actions were “objectively reasonable.” However, the board found that Mann’s actions before and after the shooting “do not conform to the established training and policies of the Indiana State Police.” It recommends that the violations be referred to the Office of Professional Standards.

The report said Mann demonstrated “poor judgment and decision making,” and lists several examples of improper procedure, such as the use of the chokehold.

The report also criticized the thoroughness of the state police investigation into the shooting, highlighting problems, such as allowing Mann to view the dashcam footage of the incident before his initial interview.

None of this is in the second report, dated April 29, 2013.

The second report delivers the same narrative, but does not contain any of the criticism about the investigation, or Mann’s actions and decision making, omitting a full page of bullet points that described how the investigation was lacking.

The report also came to a different finding. Though it too said Mann’s actions were “objectively reasonable,” the findings end there. There is no mention of violations, or referral to the Office of Professional Standards.

A couple of things here: First, only in the world of cops investigating other cops could a report find that an officer improperly initiated force, used tactics that are contrary to policy and training and used poor judgment and decision-making … and yet still find that his decision to kill a man due to a confrontation caused by all of those things was “objectively reasonable.”

Second, this entire case is a good argument against letting cops investigate cops. . .

Continue reading.

It should be obvious to the meanest intellect that a police department has an egrious conflict of interest when investigating itself.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 June 2017 at 10:33 am

Posted in Law Enforcement

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