POLICE INVESTIAGTION

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An Investigation Not About Evidence

As far as investigative strategy goes, the police apparently only had one: pressuring witnesses to testify against Scott. The investigation simply yielded no results other than statements of persons that were either entering plea deals or had to be afraid of upcoming indictments. This is baffling, as there was a multitude of other potential investigative avenues that, if not ignored, could have proven Scott’s guilt or focussed the investigation on someone else. Our impression is that, when a drug dealer was found dead in the forest, the police didn’t care enough to mount a proper investigation. And when Vanessa S. came forward and presented herself as a witness, they didn’t believe it to be necessary anymore.

This impression is based on a) the staggering amount of ignored and mishandled evidence and leads b) circumstances and content of the only statement that somewhat corroborates some aspects of Vanessa S.’ story (see Jeffrey P.’s statement) c) how witnesses recall their interaction with the police at the time, including Dustin M.’s statement from 2012 in which he expresses the need “to come clean” and reports that the police and prosecution coerced him into saying negative and untrue things about Scott’s behaviour towards Chris G.

Ignored Evidence

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Treatment of Witnesses

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