Eye Witness

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) reading detailed the absence of uniformity between police departments in how they handle witnesses who “saw it with [their] own eyes.” Needless to say, the questionable nature of eyewitness accounts has resulted in eyewitness identification being described as the best evidence for the prosecutor and the worst evidence for an innocent person wrongfully identified.
1. Given these parameters, which side of this issue affirmatively resonates with your opinion regarding eyewitness testimony?
2. Why is mistaken identity so common? What factors play a role in mistaken identity?
3. What should investigators and prosecutors do to avoid using this type of evidence in their cases?
4. What factors effected your ability to ID suspects? Which step of the three parts of eyewitness identification is most difficult?
5. Can you find any cases involving mistaken identify?

 

 

 

 

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