Your Tuesday editorial about charges being dropped against eight police officers left out a couple of things normal to any investigation. (See: “Better answers needed from DA, Halstead”)
Statements are taken from witnesses and physical evidence is maintained by the DA. Any witness can review a prior statement to refresh his or her memory prior to testifying, so it’s curious to read that witnesses could not remember details.
Those who maintained the physical evidence (ticket books) in the beginning are also able to review those records before testifying.
In short, this whole thing stinks.
Add to that the shooting of the east side resident in his own garage and nothing being done on it in many, many months — it just adds to the stench.
— Tom Stamey, Fort Worth
I wish I could say I am shocked by the dismissal of charges against these officers but, I’m not.
I would ask: Who truly expected this to go to trial?
The history of past actions, or lack of action, tells us that when someone in the law enforcement and judicial system locally is arrested or accused of a crime or misconduct, after a period of time there is almost always a legal technicality that prevents prosecution (if they were ever charged).
It is my opinion the technicality is “you watch my back and I will watch yours” — an unspoken policy of “we take care of our own.”
— Jim Westbrook, Fort Worth