Williams Cuker Berezofsky attorney Gerald J. Williams was recently interviewed in the Carlisle Sentinel in a two-part series on criminal police proceedings. The Carlisle Sentinel Newspaper published the series on the use of police force and the problems with police departments investigating themselves in non-lethal use of force incidents.
In the first part of the series, focusing on police investigation, Williams is quoted on the problems with internal Police Department Investigations in use of force incidents. In three incidents of fleeing suspects who were later killed by police, video footage has played a part in whether these cases result in charges. “Very often, it’s the word of a police officer against a suspect or criminal. Very often, there is never a third party or neutral witness to these events,” said Williams.
“It doesn’t win the case of the victim,” he said. “I would say they’ve been helpful in permitting more facts to be known about a particular case, but it’s not a cure-all by any means. There are ways to … explain away that evidence.”
Williams said the taser records information, but police officers could chalk up multiple cycles of shock or multiple drive stuns to adrenaline or an accident.
“Access to more of what happened is a good thing,” Williams said. “It just doesn’t decide the battle.”
To read the complete series:
“Police departments often investigate themselves in non-lethal use-of-force incidents” by Naomi Creason, April 19, 2015, The Sentinel
“Cameras becoming more important in criminal proceedings against police officers” by Naomi Creason, April 21, 2015, The SentinelCategory: