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detective monsoor wood said the footprints outside the house matched the footprints on the inside lieutenant gavin found the footprints were actually looked at by a scientist or any qualified expert so he took matters into his own hands 'd so i contacted our people scientific investigative division so he takes out this big magnifying glass looks at it looks at the other one a goes these 2 don't match see this is a great embarrassment for any large organization that you've convicted somebody for murder and then 51020 years later it's true it turns out that the person is actually aniston. and this is what my lieutenant said that is not in that prison do you understand me sergeant gap and they will do everything they can to stop you perfect you from going forward with the information you have upon a deal in the comprehensive work at the private investigator yeah i p.d. internal affairs department claimed his complaints were unfounded and that no misconduct had occurred you can't have an internal investigation were we all
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investigate our sales. this guy good job to give the stories or anything like them just to give the system that has no checks and balances you who is shaking ya know i believe in internal affairs should be separate from the police department there is no way that a police department can investigate themselves currently there are no independent organizations whose job it is to investigate police misconduct and there's no oversight of prosecutors either. prosecutorial misconduct dizzee major factor of wrongful convictions just a single thread that runs through almost all of the wrongful conviction cases jeff deskovic has a master's in criminal justice specializing in wrongful convictions he's also a survivor of prosecutorial misconduct i spent 16 years in prison. can go to 17. emerged at $32.00 jeff eventually won a lawsuit against putnam county. new york conviction which enabled him to start his
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own foundation the founder and executive director of the dust of it but just as there's no deterrent there's no oversight is no punishment for prosecutors so they can break the law they don't face criminal penalties even when they engage in withholding evidence of innocence threatening witnesses coercing witnesses no matter how serious the misconduct as if the prosecutor commits that after an arrest has been made they have what's called prosecutorial immunity they're above the law the prosecutors to really uphold what's become just words which is you know they're there to do justice they're there to do the right thing it becomes more like we're there to when expression the prosecutor's offices actually keep statistics on conviction rates well you should be credited that you looked at a case where the police thought they had a good case but a good prosecutor looked and said you know what there's some mistakes made here we
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should drop the charges in this case we should incentivize that but instead we actually incentivize the opposite of getting convictions and getting conviction rates all of a sudden justice gets lost in that process and whether this guy committed the crime or not gets lost in that process because it's all about winning my case immunity. i mean in the real world you know you suppose we hold accountable for your wrongdoings so therefore if you are a person of authority already the you have to be held at a higher standard than just a lightly i think we actually did step back and kind of rethink the whole system in the way we're approaching it because it's become this game and people's lives are lost as a result of it. if you ever do find yourself wrongfully convicted odds are you never get now the 1st thing you need to do is in preservation letters to the police department labs in the court.
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requesting that you want all your evidence. otherwise they may destroy it within 30 days try to find it in the sense project it'll take you case. this process take years. for. the innocence project estimates conservatively there could easily be 40000 to over 100000 americans only wrongfully convicted the majority of which are people of color. this is private investigator never gave up on his case yet a very. private investigator who made a complaint. on the desk of an internal affairs investigator who. looked at bruce's claims in a very serious minded fashion. it's
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the people like the text of the others out there that have made our job very difficult to do day after day because we lose the confidence of the public and with the confidence of the courts we have to have police chief structures of public service that are willing to do the right thing and terminate employees who are doing the wrong thing if you want to say you're the good guy but you're ostracized by everybody that you believe then it's a very difficult situation because i have to continue to work for the same department the. i don't look at myself as a hero i look at myself as a sort of as a survivor because the system attacked me system one after me and the system did everything they could to keep her in jail and everything to keep me quiet it's been a lot of therapy my wife and i met in 3rd grade we were elementary junior high high school sweethearts we lived on the same street and that's a been. it's been a very difficult difficult road she is 3rd generation l.a.p.d.
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and so their survival is day by day and always looking over your shoulder whether you're doing the right thing or not you're constantly looking over your shoulder and every time i get called into the captain's office i wonder what did i do now and i've never had that feeling before i just kept on telling myself they are not going to defeat me they're not going to defeat me it's just when you come across something like this what are you going to do and that's the difficult thing if i had not given the information that i did to the l.a. times bruce lester would still be in prison. a bloody footprint that was attributed to bruce and his trial had recently been reanalyzed and shown to not been made from bruce issue so they got his interest in the case and we started talking to those that private investigator and began the 7 month investigation at the conclusion of
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that they filed an article called the case without eventually one of them in a ward when the times and. i want up sitting between 2005 when the 1st article came out and 2009 in prison for solid years. a widely recognized innocent man we knew back in 20032004 that we had probably a person that was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and it took 5 years for the courts to work through the entire system there were a lot of delays because of the conduct of my own police department and the conduct of the california attorney general. reggie kohl spent 16 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit 10 of those years were spent in solitary confinement and he had to kill another man to get a trial it's a miracle reggie got out of all. thames is a miracle story as well. in late 2012 after 26 years he made parole. i
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signed some papers for the prof's or he said ok see you later. then asked me how i was getting home didn't ask me if i had a home when i realize these people honestly don't give. to survive good you know this large hearted this sounds to me and develop post-traumatic stress disorder. and require immediate treatment you under the food new clothes you're going to need money for transportation to and from your parole officer meeting if you miss a beating you couldn't run you so you are going to be the judge but there's a lot of discrimination out there for employment and speak you know which you corn indeed. i wouldn't have a home if it wasn't for the rescue
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a life foundation to set up a house a transitional housing. god and that foundation. is what got me by. a series and i'm sitting here and not back inside. founded by. 25 years himself asses goo we would have to go to moes drish and hang out all day work around the business at that time we had several organizations that would just patrol the area so it was pretty say we had black panthers. gringas organization 90 sleighs we head the nation. it was pretty cool you know you don't have to worry about people coming in holding you up and everything you have to worry about that helps them but it was after the cointelpro when they get pushed underground. did everything seem like you know way crazy all of those came out in
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the you know you were you were fair game in the store operators as well as we start out of lowry's lot of burglaries my mother she just. she would beat up and rob one day while i was there and he grabbed it through and sort of running keep doing it he got the money did he figure it was enough money you know i was lucky you know i was funny but you know the news of the time you know he had his gun on issues how to me not to move in just you know in this dude's kicking her head in and demanded more money and he got all the money we had she no twins mother wasn't robbed once she was robbed over and over again.
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that's wrong with us as american citizen native plants that's why. we have asked to die and. i would vote for the republicans who are trying i would vote for anyone not you and that's how it would break defeat. defeat that. second wife. she can handle or. she and i divorce because dollar trouble is what the president and i floated for him and she can't stand for . the most important election. in our history let's listen a month to go before the next presidential election is the atmosphere in the u.s. now i. want to the highest priority programs. event chip they do next.
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just some of the questions we feel to be in there. it was a very nice show for us from president putin that i could have said no thank you or i could have said thank you and i said i'll take it and now it's time to introduce my it's not special mr don't travel thank you says very much with a. name whatever you want to name i mean i don't know how would i come that news that's dishonest tell what i can do that a recorder or e. network that's totally dishonest c.n.n. is. 100 percent negative i clearly there's
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a change fast changes so fast sometimes i'll say that's going to be a great story be a pretty good report another as good as you. can get we'll see what happens. i always say who knows what we'll see on the field will be successful. as the u.s. economy was booming gaining numbers of people made homeless. you can work 40 hours 'd in a week and still not have enough to get housing everybody believes america still is the way of opportunity the reality of it is that we're not financially equality and the lack of affordable housing or living minimum wage give many people no choice. just been a problem with the city and always turn around and told me stay away all this. stuff before that there is no answer because yes that requires resources the most vulnerable are abandoned on the streets to become the invisible cliques.
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though so he approaches in conflict no news no go to the court of law is no very hot we tell you what you need to know and it's america in 2020 acting on similar events witnessed the bolshevik revolution in 1007. i had a good friend he would always come in about me being so tight and he smokes we submit just take this you need to the right medication and the page you know led to cocaine in the p.c. . we shot in the lead to mark the crime that happened in
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prison you know into prison for 2nd degree murder to do this route because they were supposed to be in the middle man going to get in the end of the you know rob to me because it happened to us in our business the family business so much this guy he wasn't just someone that was robbing me all the time he was that it was still mine and he had been victimized in my family and all these other times you got away with this time you want to go to get away so it was kind of like the previous day retaliation thing for you what you're going to pay for that so what i found is that which you can't forgive you end up becoming. what you can't forgive you in them becoming. so i had to learn how to forgive and then to go and i had to learn how to forgive him and let it go because he was also after i got to see his record this guy had
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a rap sheet you know from here from one side rolled to the other you know and i could see you know he needed to same help did i need we are generally magine that there is such thing as for example a murderer and then they were to murder in the public imagination and in most of our minds whether we thought about it or not and this is someone who likes to murder and he would murder given the opportunity i think that's what it's like a vocation right that's what murders do they go around murdering mate and that's why you don't let them out of prison out of prison are going to murder again. the reality is that murder is almost always. to do harm.
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incredibly. some of the. situations and conditions some of which many of us couldn't even really begin to. then suddenly. doesn't have such a natural place anymore. or. does it happen. in prison for 15 or 20 years to realize they've done a bad thing. there is no human element. to. the criminal justice system. there is no human element they're not there to help you they're not there to help society they can say they did that that's what a set up for all they want that's not what it's there for. not in california and
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not in a lot of places it's a system set up to punish people and they take a bad situation and they usually make it much worse. you know what the official success rate of state prison is nearly 80 percent of all inmates. within 5 years that's success rate of 20 percent imagine if we have those requirements of airplanes wow you know 10 airplanes falling out of the sky it's a little bit crazy making and that is department of justice that it's federal government research dr michael attended harvard university has a ph d. in just the studies and as a professor of criminal justice at california state university dr coyle says the prison not only increases criminal behavior it has a deleterious effect on society as a whole what happens to a family when the wage earner is removed from society and thrown into prison for 10
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years. what happens to those power of am proud to wear their chances of success in life start to go down what will how does that impact the community loss of resources in our community more demands in the community now to help to help this family maybe the other parent maybe the children it's just so clearly a failure by every measure that you look at it but i think we just need to rethink the whole thing and not just keep trying to put lipstick on this pig because that's what i think it is difficult for people to imagine a world without prisons now we've become so accustomed to the idea of prisons that it's hard for people to imagine well what do you do with people if you don't put them in france. and when when they've done wrong there are other alternatives just ask he said the degree of civilization in a society could be judged by entering its prisons hebrews 133 remember those who are in chains as if you were in jesus with them. we don't we put everybody at
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risk. my husband dan was a police officer and he was killed in a line of duty and my goal at the trial was to get the man who killed my husband convicted of 1st degree murder and be given the death penalty and that's what i got that's what happened i thought ok here it is i got justice i'm going to be free from this and it didn't happen and it was just a lie it didn't change anything at kayla's sheryl's a stainless for brokering the truce between the crips and the bloods in 1902 then in 2004 he experienced an unimaginable tragedy my oldest son was murdered. from winter break college. and i was shot to death at a party. you know so my daughter called me was like the dad you didn't go to room
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alone she is mistreating the projects and stuff and he took a mug on a mission for trail so i jumped him our car and i drove over there to the projects and i jumped on the car and i are sitting. i said man we've played this high for nachos for 2 game old enough i'm like you know it's left us all blind into focus you know and i might win without anybody here to provide direction and guidance for the cues from the young folks and the parents and the loved ones that are left behind like i'm like let's listen to something different there's an opportunity here for us to take the wisdom that we know works what we would do for our own kids or own kids we're in trouble and do it for everybody's kids. we have to demand a once and for all and to police scene and. business for profit. at least half of the people in there are in there for crimes of addiction or economic desperation or mental health instead of just throwing everybody that we decide if we can help and the money for restoring justice programs. and social
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services. there has to be citizen oversight and accountability for all our public servants. any interest. equal access to opportunity in this country all the. matter of. being logical. being smart. to. love. yourself. good monday morning to you how a poignant man finally free after serving 16 years for a crime he didn't commit i don't think he was real and saw so much oh he's invisible. better. trying to describe it.
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was an unbelievable feeling that was just an emotional roller coaster that you know i mean i cried walking out it was just the magnitude of all these years and now here it is and then. a moment later i would be too bewildered to cry and i would just be. that that whole day was really scary for a lot of people but i think that it would be like yeah. i was terrified there were well wishers well wishers there of officers of the new that. i think they knew the truth certainly knew the character you know my character and then i was in the parking lot. the air smelled different. and i wish my mom could have been there and wish my dad could have been there was
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my stepmom kind of him. but i think you know where they were. like was i got a little bit of this thought i want tourney's i just feel like running like just getting this for away from that place is possibly the best. not the answer that everybody would think. that i would have but. it was a. joyous time for me i mean like i literally was scared to death my cousin was waiting for me my private investor. it was waiting for me and i said. you want to hear what i actually said. and i looked at paul and i said you know. let's get the stuff in the truck get out of here. and we could leave fast enough.
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the 1st place we stopped there was an eye out for some breakfast and. i was like amazed at just the syrup me. it just was overwhelming it was completely overwhelming. i haven't been in a vehicle without being chained at my feet and with a waist chain and then handcuffs hooked to the waist chain and in a paper jumpsuit for 26 years the. word adjustment i mean. try to try to figure it out too i have to. use to try to figure i worked out by. how do you adjust color for the
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planet mars to earth. oh you think the ox is saying look here. i don't think i'm going just. being. me. alan. was.
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alan. kohler i am. this class as american citizen i need to blast off that's. not an attack on the other fast guy and i don't think. i would vote for a republican i would vote for anyone not even and has half a brain defeat. to feel that. my 2nd
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wife. she can handle. she and i divorce because our trouble is elected president and i floated for her and she can't stand. that when the most important election. in our history. mr the months to go before the next presidential election is the atmosphere in the us now. watch of the highest priority programs only vote true they do next. just some of the questions we put to the american. everybody's reaching for that you have been to school. and i mean it's a russian and i think the resolution of this is there's going to be a gnostic war that's going to go on for maybe months as john in an already rejected
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. must goes off to mediate because the fighting is too early on that people are now battling to see what territory they can get and i think when the fighting settles down and the lines are drawn and people realize that they're not going to move forward or backwards then they're going to turn to the other has. become a bad. in the us in vermont people are demanding the shutdown of a local plant for my yankee is right now my focus because it's a very dangerous. power plant the owner is attempting to run the reactor beyond its operational limit this case just sort of puts a magnifying glass on where's the power in this country where's it going is it moving more towards corporate interests or is it more in the idea of a traditional participatory democracy is or powerline with the people this case
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demonstrates that struggle in the very real ways a struggle. a week of hostilities between armenia and azerbaijan brings devastation to the garden . with a relentless shelling of the local capital largely reports from the area. 2 massive explosions in the very center of the city 250 millimeter caliber so it is a massive rocket. the fighting spilled beyond in the disputed region as a border city and azerbaijan is hit by artillery fire also in the stories that shaped the week. everybody knows he's a liar and there's nothing smart about you joe would you she was no reason to exclude someone who saw your number to go to. the 1st presidential debate before the u.s. election descended into name calling and interruptions and the 2nd round is now.

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