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we know as a society we see the bad guy in the good guy. cops and robbers but when the cop becomes the robber the game is over the game is over s. corruption it was a horrific twist of fate that led to reggie's release. was more fortunate his father's death led to an unexpected turn providence was his big thing in any have you know great life insurance whose 184000 that my dad loved and i was able to parlay that up to about $236.00 stock market and then it was just 100 percent of my time dedicated to my case and that enabled those to hire a private investigator we have essentially a growing war chest of evidence that i had committed the crime or at least that all
the evidence that was presented was it was false evidence i had received a complaint from i flew up to. the state prison where there was i spoke to him once somebody is accused of murder and you're arrested for murder it's tape recorded everything is tape recorder i couldn't find his tape 'd it had been. taken out of evidence by detective monsoor and it was never put back into evidence. detective months it was so 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 we took matters into his own so i contacted our people scientific investigative division so he takes how 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 if the. the person is actually an
ascent. and this is what my lieutenant said that is not in that prison do you understand me sergeant gavin they will do everything they can to stop you from going forward with the information you have upon a deal in the comprehensive work of the private investigator 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 investigate ourselves that this this. is. just against the system that has no checks and balances you who is taking y'all i believe turning 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. as a master's in criminal justice specializing in wrongful convictions is also a survivor of prosecutorial misconduct i spent 16 years in prison wrongfully convicted at 17. emerged at $32.00 jeff eventually won a lawsuit against putnam county new york conviction which enabled him to start his own foundation i'll be founder and executive director of the job. 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 is 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 where they were to when expression when prosecutors 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 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. and me 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 to 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 fully convicted odds are you never get now the 1st thing you need to do is in preservation letters to the police department in the courts requesting that you want all your evidence say otherwise they may destroy it within 30 days to try to find the innocence project that will take you case prepare for this process to take years. for mere. the innocence project estimates conservatively there could easily be 40000 to over 100000 americans currently wrongfully convicted the majority of which are people of color.
this is a private investigator never gave up on his case yet a very. private investigator who made a complaint to the land on the desk of the internal affairs investigator who. looked at bruce's claims in a very serious minded fashion. it's 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 that 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 who lived on the same street and it's a been it's been a very difficult difficult road she is 3rd generation l.a.p.d. 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 up 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 at 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 began the 7 month investigation and at the conclusion of that they filed an article called the case of doubt that eventually won them in award one of 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 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 and i realize these people honestly don't give. to survive you know dislodge hard there is a good man. and require immediate treatment
you want to be food. you need money for transportation to and from your meeting if you miss a beauty you could be. but there's a lot of discrimination out there for him to. speak which. i wouldn't have a home if it wasn't for. god foundation. i'm sitting here. who we would have to go to. and hang out all day work around the business.
there are these patients that we just patrol so it's pretty say we have black panthers. bring his organization. as we head. it was pretty cool you know you don't have to worry about people coming in holding you up and everything. but it was after the. when they get pushed. that everything you know we're crazy. and you know you were you were fair game. my mother she just. one day while i was there. figured it was. you know hear. me. not moving just you know and this too is keeping her in and demanding
more money and he got all the money and we head you know. mother wasn't robbed once she was robbed over and over again. join me every thursday on the alex salmond show and i'll be speaking to guest of the world of politics sports business i'm show business i'll see you then. all the liberal media do the same. keep their on the chief bus and then to improve the country so that's the idea of their right to call you a scum he said if we give them everything they do to bust.
into a poor family ah you're born into a minority family if you're born into a family that only has a single parent that really constrains your life chances people die on average 15 years old a good morning to generational poverty. it's a tough fight every day seem to meet your needs and the needs of your family. 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 lead to the page you know lead to cocaine p.c.p.
. we shot in the lead to my crime that happened they saved me to prison you know into prison for 2nd degree murder some do is route me they were pows have been the middleman going to get drugs in the end of the you know robbing me because it happened to us in our business a family business so much this guy he wasn't just someone that was robbing me all the time he was the image of somebody 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 when you are you going to pay for that so what i found is that which you can't forgive and you end up becoming. what you can't forgive you end up becoming. so i had to learn how to forgive and then to go and i had to learn how to forgive him and then they go because he was also after i got to see his record this guy
had a rap sheet you know from here from one side roll into 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 in the murder in the public imagination and then 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 you think of a case and make 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.
help you they're not there to help society they can say they want to set up for all they want that's not what it's there for. not in california and 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 the federal government research dr michael coyle 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 that prison not only increases criminal behavior and 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 years. what happens to those power of am proud to one of 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 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 trim. 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 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 speak of in 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 ok less sheryl's a stainless for brokering the truce between the crips and the bloods in 1902 then in 2004 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 alone she asked me straight in 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 do projects and i jumped up the car and i are sitting. i said man we've played this high for 9 terms 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 were in trouble into a very by these kids. we have to demand a once and for all an end 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 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. to. love for. 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 it was written to us so much are these
invisible. better. than trying to describe the feeling. was an unbelievable feeling there was just an emotional roller coaster that you know i mean i cried watching 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 and 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 which my stepmom could have been. but i think you know where they were. like was i got a little bit of this all i want tourney's i just feel like running like just getting this for away from them places i possibly. 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 out of here. and we could leave fast enough.
the 1st place we stopped there was an eye out for some breakfast and. i was like amazed at just the syrup me. is 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. there were just me. trying to try to figure it out too i have to. i'm still trying to figure i worked out by. how do you adjust color for the
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