Out With The Trash…

Imagine for a moment that you’re a Pittsfield police detective who is hell-bent on arresting someone…anyone.  You create a photo array that includes your suspect of choice and display it before several witnesses.  Darn!  Each participant selected someone other than the individual whom you wish to collar.

No worries.  Later in the week you create a second array, once again including the key photo, and show it to witnesses.  Crap!  No one selected the person you’re striving to lock up.

Thinking that the third time will be the charm you create yet another array, once more throwing in the exact same photo and sticking it under the witnesses’ noses.  Son of a bitch!  What is wrong with these people?  Why will no one finger your man?

You repeat this procedure a fourth time…a fifth time…a sixth time, to no avail.  Not a single witness is to be coerced.  Much to your chagrin the case file now holds six array reports that undermine your efforts.  Hmmm, what’s a detective to do?   You can’t just discard a stack of photo identifications, they’re evidence!  Such an act would violate law enforcement chain of custody protocol.

Oh wait…this is Pittsfield.

Trial transcripts regarding chain of custody





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