Ex-NYPD Detective: Ferguson Case Is 'Prosecutor's Nightmare'

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 12:34 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The case of the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, will be a "nightmare" for the prosecution, former New York City police detective Wally Zeins told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

With evidence streaming in from eyewitnesses and forensics, Zeins predicted challenges lay ahead as St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch sifted through the details of the case.

"There are many more facts that are going to come out. But it becomes a prosecutor's nightmare, because you have so many different points of this investigation where people are saying things," Zeins said Thursday.

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Eyewitness accounts, in particular, could be an "interesting element," Zeins said, adding that over time, people can "lose a lot of valuable knowledge in what [they] have seen from the past."

He said the three separate investigations could also be problematic.

"You have to look into the fact that you have the Justice Department, the district attorney, and the police department's Internal Affairs doing this investigation. And there might be many different outcomes that each one comes up with. It can be quite confusing," he said.

Forensics will play a key role, since eyewitnesses may not "have the recall of what they saw and what transpired," Zeins said, indicating evidence would include what was found in the police car, clothing, presence of blood, DNA, and who had their hands on the gun. He said forensics could "prove or disprove many of the allegations that are being made in this investigation."

If Wilson felt his life was in danger by "deadly, physical force," Zeins said he would have been within his rights to use deadly force, but called it the "last resort in a confrontation where your life could be involved."

"If, in this case that his gun was being taken away from him and it was an altercation, then that is a reason for saving your life or another person," he said.

The New York Police Department will be prepared with a Disorder Control Unit for a march planned by civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Saturday, Zeins said. Because of the emotions involved stemming from the Brown shooting, he predicted the march could be "a very tough incident."

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