Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sonoma County D.A. Report on Andy Lopez Shooting

Justice for Andy Lopez Cruz! (d. 2013-10-22; Santa Rosa) [link]
Complete report with notes by investigative journalist JB Tucker, posted 2014-07-10 at [link], an analysis of what's right, wrong, and unreasonable about the investigation, it's methodology, and what's defective about the report's conclusions.
* Pages 1 through 10 [link]
* Pages 11 through 20 [link]
* Pages 21 through 30 [link]
* Pages 31 through 40 [link]
* Pages 41 through 52 [link]
* Appendix A [link]
* Appendix B [link]
* Appendix C [link]
* Appendix D [link]
* Appendix E [link]

Download report as a three-part pdf file:
* Click here for Part I [link]
* Click here for Part II [link]
* Click here for Part III [link]

Here are some choice quotes from JB's commentary on the Sonoma County District Attorney report on the shooting of Andy Lopez:
By reason of the Government Code Section 3307, Peace Officers cannot be required to take polygraph examinations, a privilege that does not exist for the FBI, CIA, or any other State of Federal employee. Their “Methodology” begins as inherently flawed as arbitrarily limited by the Government Code for strictly political reasons. That the report fails to note such limitation represents a gross disregard of epistemology.
As a member of the MAGNET team did he ever testify as a gang expert in court to get a “gang enhancement” charge or conviction? If so, did they review his testimony? So-called law enforcement “gang experts” are frequently liars and/or idiots who might technically meet “Frye” standards but could not possibly meet the more stringent “Daubert” standards in a federal court proceeding.
Remember, supposedly this is happening with a 10.5 pound weapon. There is an obvious difference between a kid with a replica and a kid with a 10.5 pound real weapon in how they will handle it.
For them to editorialize like this they should have been tested to detect deception in investigative interviews and found competent. Were they tested? What were the results?
A test needs to be performed re-enacting the difference with several males of similar stature and size to Andy Lopez of doing this with the replica weapon and with a real AK 47. This is obvious and nobody should have drawn this conclusion without doing such a test.

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