Re: "Police in no rush to get statements from officers" (TNT, 4-29).
I am not an attorney, but I did graduate from law school. On the first day of class, I was witness to two examples of the problems inherent with "eyewitness testimony."
The first occurred in Tort Law and the second in Criminal Law. A staged theft of the professor's valise provided the class with a variety of witness statements. I heard the contradictory statements of the witnesses.
The report that the Lakewood police are "in no rush to get statements from officers" goes against what I learned about preserving available evidence for the possibility of going to trial.
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It is with reason that the police separate the witnesses at the scene of an event to gather testimony untainted by the influence of other witnesses. Following up with later depositions can reveal discrepancies in the testimony.
Any unnecessary delay in gathering witness statements can contaminate the process of obtaining the truth.