COMPLETE FAILURES OF WILSON + FERGUSON POLICE + ST. LOUIS INVESTIGATORS VIOLATED COMMON LEGAL PRACTICES AND DESTROYED VALUABLE EVIDENCE OF DNA AND FINGER PRINTS!
“Unorthodox (Ferguson) police procedures emerge in grand jury documents” By Jerry Markon and Tom Hamburger WaPo November 25, 2014
FACT: Wilson left the murder scene of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and returned to the police station unescorted.
FACT: Outrageously, Wilson with NO ESCORT washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself = Violating all protocols for handling a crime scene and securing evidence
FACT: Officers who interviewed Wilson immediately after the shooting did not tape the conversations. Failure to record interviews with investigators is absurd. Most police departments have been recording interviews for at least two decades. Ferguson did write an initial statement and later interviews were taped.
FACT: St. Louis County medical examiner’s office investigator opted NOT to take measurements at the crime scene. The lack of measurements at the crime scene is absurd. Medical examiner’s office testified when he arrived, “ it was self-explanatory what happened. Somebody shot somebody. There was no question as to any distances or anything of that nature at the time I was there.”
FACT: Ferguson medical examiner’s office investigator said what happened between Brown and Wilson was “self-explanatory.’’
FACT: Ferguson never followed time-tested process of protecting the scene to ensure that evidence is not compromised
FACT: Wilson was NEVER cordoned off in a controlled area and stripped of his clothing, his weapon secured by investigators, and then escorted by officers if he leaves.
FACT: Wilson drove himself back to police department alone.
FACT: Wilson ignored manual: “Do not allow suspect to use bathroom facilities, or to alter his/her appearance, including brushing hair or washing hands.’’
FACT: Ferguson made NO effort to handle evidence and adhere to what is known as the chain of custody, a meticulous preservation of evidence until it is presented in court.
FACT: Ferguson made NO EFFORT to secure the crime scene or the GUN to insure “minimal contamination,’’ confiscating the weapon and collecting the suspect’s clothing while keeping him in a controlled location at the scene.
FACT: Wilson’s actions were “totally unorthodox and unusual — very, very bad from an investigative perspective.’’
FACT: Suspects (even an officer) are not allowed to clean up. “They need to make sure he doesn’t wipe off any evidence, destroy any evidence or who knows what.”
FACT: Investigator, who refused to take measurements did not take his own photographs at the scene of the shooting because, he said, his camera’s battery was dead. He relied on photographs taken by the St. Louis County police.
FACT: No photographs of Wilson’s bloodied hands or face before he washed up at the station. Wilson thought the blood was a biohazard.
FACT: St. Louis County detective said, “It is just common practice that we do not.” record interviews.
FACT: Prosecutors NEVER grilled Wilson – Far more gentle and at times seemed to be guiding his answers. = Prosecutor leads Wilson: “So you got out of the car, you are running, you are telling [Brown] to stop; is that right? “Correct,’’ Wilson responds. “And he’s not listening?’’ the prosecutor asks. “No,’’ Wilson says.