Court: Officer violated suspect's rights when he said he couldn't get fair trial
Suspect's murder confession thrown out
12:53 PM, May 13, 2014
2:30 PM, May 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - A detective violated a suspect's Constitutional rights when he told the suspect he wouldn't get a fair trial because he's black, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The court ruled that the suspect's confession to a 2007 cold case murder would be thrown out, after a Gary Police Department detective "went too far" in the interrogation room.
"We have long held that law enforcement officers conducting interrogations may use a range of tactics and techniques to persuade suspects to provide incriminating statements," the court wrote.
According to the court documents released with the decision, the detective said this:
The court's decision said that it has been supportive of detectives' use of a range of strategies to elicit incriminating statements from suspects, but "we will not allow even the perception of such inequality to enter the interrogation room."