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by Peter Moskos

November 30, 2014

"Finished him off"

A good article AP article by Holbrook Mohr, David Lieb, and Phillip Lucas about something every cop knows: witnesses make up a lot of shit.
Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of grand jury documents reveals numerous examples of statements made during the shooting investigation that were inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong. For one, the autopsies ultimately showed Brown was not struck by any bullets in his back. [emphasis added]
Ah, those pesky facts. What's interesting to me is that so many people who read "witness" statements that aren't true don't change their opinion after the facts they based their opinion on turn out not to have happened. This is called being blinded by ideology.


CollegeCop said...

Actually, it's the backfire effect.


Original source: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11109-010-9112-2

Anonymous said...

There's no other way to say it. You're simply a cop lover; your fear of cop-haters is just classic projection.

campbell said...

You're simply a cop lover

Well, who among us hasn't indulged in a little self love every now and again?

Moskos said...

Some of my best friends are cops!

bacchys said...

Wilson had time to change his story to fit the facts. Yet he's "credible."

There's a lot of confirmation bias going on with this case. It's not limited to one side or the other.