Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In a phone interview recorded for Reward and Consent, a St. Louis County Policeman spoke of "numerous" Ferguson shooting witnesses.

Embedded at the bottom of this post is the audio recording of a telephone interview I conducted today with the media relations officer of the St. Louis County Police Department. They are currently investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown in the city of Ferguson, Missouri which happened Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Regarding police restriction of media access to Ferguson, he said he had not seen this while he was in Ferguson every night. He said the scope of the county investigation only includes the death of Mr. Brown. They are not investigating the police control of the demonstrators in Ferguson. County police have made arrests in Ferguson and the police officer who did the shooting is still under investigation and has not been arrested.

I said, "How can it be objective when police are investigating police?"

He said, "We are seeking ... and have spoken with numerous, numerous independent witnesses - still seeking more witnesses to this. And we just - you know I'd like to remind everybody as well, as the police department, we document our findings, every witness statement, every piece of evidence. It is turned over to the prosecuting attorney's office who then is the one who actually makes the call if charges are to be filed. That is not on the police department. We just put our investigation documented and turn it over."

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