Prison legislation consultants weigh in on STL Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace saying officers weren’t victims of

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Because the Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace challenges claims from two St. Louis cops who say they had been the victims of an tried carjacking, felony legislation consultants are pushing again saying there’s nonetheless a lot extra to the story.

“Our felony justice system is in a disaster,” stated Lawyer Kristi Flint. “We’ve acquired two crucial authorities our bodies…now we have our police division and our Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace that may’t agree on a number of issues.”

Flint is a former Prosecuting Lawyer and presently works as a Prison Protection Lawyer.

“What we’ve heard is representatives of the circuit lawyer’s workplace telling the general public what they’ve reviewed and what they’ve seen within the video,” stated Flint. “And it may all be appropriate, however I feel as a public if we’re going to put our system at additional threat, if we’re going to deepen the divide between supporters of the police and supporters of felony justice reform, we have to see all the info and all of this does it make town a extra harmful place.”

On Tuesday, the CAO launched each physique worn digital camera and surveillance video from the March 19, when officers say a person tried to carjack their marked police automotive.

“Usually talking, if two cops say it was a carjacking, it was a carjacking. Why would they lie about it,” stated Anders Walker, a Lillie Myers Professor of Legislation at Saint Louis College College.

Chief Warrant Officer Chris Hinckley, with the CAO, says the surveillance video is contradictory to the officers’ account of an tried carjacking going down.

“That is the nail within the coffin,” stated Hinckley “This case has been dismissed and for good cause.”

Now on Wednesday, Walker shares a distinct perspective on what he sees from the video.

“So far as I can inform, it seems to be just like the suspect stopped a police automotive, we don’t see what the suspect did,” stated Walker. “He approached the passenger aspect window, and it seems to be like there was some kind of altercation, then the suspect leaves and the police cruiser drives away.”

Flint says with out extra info from the incident, she says there’s not sufficient to make a judgement on whether or not or not officers lied.

“As the general public, now we have not seen the whole lot. We’ve seen parts of movies,” stated Flint. “On this case, if I’m going to attempt to make a willpower in the event that they had been mendacity, I’d wish to hear these radio transmissions, and I’d wish to discuss to the individuals who had initially referred to as 911 for assist that night. [Where] had he been…There’s simply a lot to uncover.”

Information 4 submitted one other data request for all video and statements associated to this incident. This afternoon, metropolis police denied that request once more saying the investigation continues to be ongoing. Nonetheless, the Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace says this case has been closed.

“This can be very essential to show over all of these stones in a scenario the place you’re calling cops liars,” stated Flint. “As a result of that has a a lot bigger impact on public security than simply the careers of these two officers. Folks hear this, they don’t belief police, they don’t wish to name police when one thing dangerous has occurred.”

Information 4 has requested the remainder of the four-hour physique digital camera video from the Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace in addition to any paperwork and photographs they nonetheless haven’t shared publicly. We’re nonetheless ready to listen to again.

The lawyer representing the officers on this incident, Brian Millikan, did get an opportunity to talk on the cellphone with Information 4. He says his purchasers are outraged by Tuesday’s press convention. He says they had been each victims of against the law and now victims of a smear marketing campaign by the Circuit Lawyer’s Workplace.