Officers of the law go through training on how to interrogate a suspect or witness. The tactics that are used can determine the outcome of a testimony and, in this case, the mentality of a 13 year-old boy. The boy, previously diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, was questioned about the allegations against the father for sexual abuse against his autistic daughter. The officer seems to have forgotten that a man is innocent until proven guilty, and has decided that he’s guilty until the “evidence” can be proven true. The look at his interrogation tapes (linked below) proves that instead of finding truth in the case, a family is torn apart and a son loses trust in his father. Free Press reporter Brian Dicerkson discusses the case:
On Dec. 4, 2007, without notice to a legal guardian appointed to represent the boy, West Bloomfield Police Detective Joseph Brousseau interrogated a 13-year-old witness about allegations of sexual abuse against his father.
Prosecutors later dropped criminal charges against the parents and agreed to reunite them with their son and daughter, who had been living in separate foster homes for more than three months.
Today, the Free Press reported that the family will get $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit against the police which arose after the Free Press’ 2008 articles.
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