Most of the predictions down at SPD are that history will repeat itself and Winston Brooks (A former GU basketball player) and Scott Lesser since they are both considered “Golden Boys” won’t get much of anything in the way of discipline, maybe just a “Bad Boy Letter” in their files despite a long history of questions regarding their veracity and having reviewed many SPD IA Cases where an Officer’s honesty has come into question the prediction could be right on.
One of the very important things any law enforcement agency must decide before initiating an internal investigation is whether or not the possibility of criminal charges exist. Chief Craig Meidl has pointed out several times that proper protocol is to not get into an internal investigation until the criminal investigation is completed.
As Chief Meidl well knows the reason the criminal case should be concluded first is if there is the slightest bit of evidence a crime may have been committed doing an IA Investigation first could easily ruin a subsequent criminal case and especially if Officers are compelled to provide statements in the IA Case (Garrity) because there is a real good chance even inculpatory statements made by Officers in an IA Case can’t be used in a criminal case and the “Fruits of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine” comes into play.
The question with respect to the issues involving Brooks and Lesser is whether or not their conduct could possibly be criminal in nature and if so should a criminal case precede or run parallel to an IA case. State and Federal Law dealing with the possible issues are pretty clear in my view.
According to SPD’s Communications Manager Julie Humphreys neither Brooks nor Scott Lesser are on Administrative Leave which may provide some insight as far as predictions go.
There are people wondering whether or not some of the previous allegations regarding the veracity of Officers Brooks and Scott Lesser will be considered as a part of any investigation including a few regarding their testimony in Federal Court that resulted in cases be dismissed including the Tvar Jackson case which former SPD PACT Commander David Staben mentions in his affidavit.
I’m not doing to get into all of the information I have but here is a smidgen of just some that might help folks with their predictions and it is important to note that documents indicate some Federal Agents weren’t too happy with the work of Brooks and Scott Lesser.