Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The Post-Dispatch examination found several recurring problems:
- Police failed to verify the identity of people they arrested, especially those who provided someone else’s name. In almost every wrongful arrest found, police and other officials overlooked a fingerprint report warning that they either had the wrong person or someone who used an alias.
- The protests of those wrongly arrested often were ignored.
- Officials failed to differentiate between the people who gave false names and the people who suffered for it.
- Authorities downplayed the cases where their own mistake caused a wrongful arrest.
- Officials failed to correct errors in records, setting up repeated wrongful arrests and leaving authorities unsure of who they were holding or who committed which past crimes.