I believe experts are correct but as Grits points out, why don’t we extend this same policy to suspects in shootings? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Police detectives often get very damaging statements from suspects shortly after the incident. At trial if the defendant’s story changes the prosecutor quickly argues to the jury that the defendant has changed his story and is lying. After this change in policy the best Dallas criminal defense attorneys will try to use this policy in their cross-examinations of Dallas Detectives. The new policy also allows the police officer the privilege of reviewing any video tapes of the incident. Dallas Criminal lawyers should also use this fact during cross-examinations.I'm not sure Chief David Brown fully thought through the implications of this policy before he quietly changed it in deference to the police union.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Shook: New Dallas PD policy on police shootings will be used against detectives in court
Reacting to this Grits post, former Dallas DA candidate Toby Shook says the Dallas PD's new policy to give police officers three days before answering questions about police shootings, ostensibly based on expert advice claiming it would make their memories more accurate, will be used against the department when their detectives are cross-examined in court. He writes: