That's what the FBI concluded: IMPD, the huge, streamlined, 21st-Century police force has Keystone Kops policies and procedures for handling certain types of evidence.
(All across the county, criminal defense attorneys are suddenly reviewing cases with an eye to appeal.)
So, the Feds claim, it wasn't the thin blue line being thicker than blood; it was just mental thickness? Like that's better?
Even inside IMPD, some police have a problem with that: "The families of the victims and the victims themselves have got to be just beside themselves. I mean, I don't blame them for not having any confidence in the police department. We're not making ourselves look very good here," says FOP nabob Bill Owensby.
Ipse dixit. And this doesn't even cover the most recent report of sloppy handling of the evidence.
(Dammit, most IMPD officers are honest enough, fair enough, decent enough -- but there are bad apples in that barrel and the rot will spread unless rooted out. It doesn't matter, really, if it's bumblers or malfeasers, they need to get the boot and quickly.)
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