Joe Cheshire and Jim Cooney harshly criticized the Baker/Chalmers report in an article that appeared in today’s Chronicle.
“I would not be surprised if [an independent investigation] would uncover conduct that was criminal in nature as it relates to obstruction of justice and creation of evidence.”
“The report by the city manager and police begs for a lawsuit to be filed against the City of
“It is fairly clear that the chain of command in this case got usurped,” Cooney said.
“If the identification process was to ID witnesses only, why was that videotaped? The fact of the matter is that was the only piece of so-called evidence that allowed this case to continue, and it’s just flat-out wrong.”
“I don’t know how change can come from [the report] because they don’t admit they were wrong. What this police department still needs to explain is how they managed to arrest three innocent people for a crime that never happened-you’ve got to work really hard to do that.”
Cooney also ridicules the report’s claim that the police were interested in exculpatory evidence: “What [DPD] also failed to address is when they received evidence of Reade Seligmann’s innocence-they arrested one of his alibi witnesses. How is that an attempt to find innocence? Blaming the defense attorneys isn’t doing that either.”