Guest wrote:Before you accuse anyone of bias know that I didn't believe a word of Custer's statement. I don't know if anyone else was there but I do know this. Custer acted in a manner inconsistent with "law enforcement best practices" when dealing with a citizen who has been found while doing his job.
Judge Hurley's comments, like those of any attorney, are not evidence; they are opinion or interpretation and while I agree with them, it's clear that PBSO botched this from the beginning. It is also clear that absent a confession, the SA will not reopen the investigation where Custer was cleared by a previous SA.
Another reason why cops shouldn't be giving "voluntary" statements after OIS's! PBA former attorney Lipman was spot on years ago about not doing them anymore, especially after Bradshaw made policy that deputies couldn't see the video beforehand, but doing them only if it could keep a close call from going to a grand jury (like in the Linn case). Bradshaw probably went ballistic and ordered "Kaz" to have the PBA lawyer deliver Custer for a statement after he was smart to refuse at the scene. "Kaz" always does whatever Bradshaw tells him to do (like getting rid of Lipman), so Custer turned around and gave a statement a day or 2 later that anybody can pick apart afterwards. It took the Jones shooting in Gardens for Kaz to see that some of his PBA lawyers were working for the SAO, but Lipman's still gone. SAD!