Successful Cases Examined:
An alert Neighborhood Watch 911 caller in Detroit reported: burglars are running past his home carrying a TV set stolen from the house next door. Police respond grabbing 4 suspects and recover the loot. Officers take their suspects back to the scene of the crime. At the home of the 911 caller, they attempt a face-to-face ID of the suspects. However, the complainant was working and not at home. Later that day, all four suspects are released by police and not charged. Later that night, those same suspects are observed by the complainant’s family torching their home with a firebomb.
Opening Argument/Case Theme Defined : Is It Safe?
What(should have)happened : (arrest, lineup at Police Station)
What(did)happen : attempted/unsuccessful face-to face-ID at crime scene, suspects released, complainant’s house firebombed
Document Enlargement, Color Highlighting Police “General Procedures”: Face-to-Face Suspect IDs
Time Line : shows police requested and received complainant’s address over their patrol car’s computer terminal
Scene Diagram : gives “jury view” of neighborhood crime scene and nearby police station
Contradictions Board :Both Officers’ sworn statements are cross-examined