By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group
Is an eyewitness account admissible as evidence of a crime and can be used in a courtroom?
Not if you live in New Philadelphia, Ohio?
It seems that officers have a different view of the basic law of the land and world.
Two eyewitnesses and that is not good enough!
Do you have video was the question... who do you think we are, Alfred Hitchcock, his brother Sam or even, Eye Missed News at 11?
It is hard enough to get a police department to use Body Worn Cameras, let alone the public has a continuous video of their life running at all times!
It is the next comment that is astounding.
When the officer was asked if charges were to be filed against the individual that was witnessed the officer responded, "no, it is my (he, the officer's) reputation in the courtroom that is at stake".
A criminal action took place, 12 hours after the individual was found guilty of criminal trespassing and then witnessed in another criminal act and it is the officer's reputation at stake?
What planet is he on and who trained him? More to the point, who was the supervisor? More importantly than that, who else is this happening to?
It is a common part of law enforcement globally that if you have eyewitnesses you will follow their information to prove or disprove their statement.
This has not even happened!
New Philadelphia law enforcement should go back to the Policeman's Bible, The Nine Peelian Principles, the basis of all law enforcement.
The individual who was witnessed is a 'progressive criminal', meaning the next step is not just violence against property it is against a person, which he has already done previously.
Who or what is next?
Will We Require A Body Bag and Yellow Tape?
Eyewitness testimony is the account a bystander or victim gives in the courtroom, describing what that person observed that occurred during the specific incident under investigation.Is a Witness testimony considered evidence?
In criminal law, the inference is made by the trier of fact in order to support the truth of an assertion (of guilt or absence of guilt). Testimony can be direct evidence or it can be circumstantial. For instance, a witness saying that she saw a defendant stab a victim is providing direct evidence.
If this is going on and it is, it happened this last week to us, what are the rest of the public, who know nothing of the legal intricacies or should we say logical steps of society.
Meetings with Chief Prosecutor and Public Saftey officer have been demanded.
The rest of the full story will astound you...
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