tv Documentary RT November 19, 2018 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
dr is well aware of the methods used by local police to close certain cases as quickly as possible. they did this all the time. they had people make statements whether in writing or they did the writing they had some buddies and with the suggestion that hears this and you can go home i've heard that doesn't. sound dozens of them and it wouldn't surprise me at all the three real number doesn't run into the hundreds or thousands because the same cadre of bad detectives that probably were two dozen of them were in place for over thirty five years. were the marks on her. with no evidence or witness statements against him on the seventh of march nine hundred ninety seven lamar
monson is sentenced to fifty years of criminal imprisonment for the murder of christina brown. only one element was used against him the confession that he signed. and believe that this is going to be. off years and i would not want to be in prison on. something that i wouldn't wish him off worst enemy just being processed for you to go into a sale. the whole process of it is comfortable. you feel like your freedom is being siphoned away from. you one thing about. amar. i think that the last time he saw his daughter they will
look at the curtain. but everything he told me to do for her. in the letters and in his calls did everything he said do for her she never had to work for anything because the father was not around. and she was upset and angry her mother too was because tomorrow wasn't here to help her train his daughter should they could but he had the best interests in the world for his. he just wasn't here to do it so i did it. and like us is in the world for nothing but myths and of. twenty years later a single event changes the course of lamar monson's life just around the time that
bill proctor the journalist who followed his case is getting ready to retire he receives a call from an unexpected witness who claims to know the real identity of christina brown's murder. two months before i retired after thirty three years in terms of and she called me on the phone it was one of the more shocking calls i'd ever taken. as an investigator and you get many but this woman said to me on the phone. and me even if you don't remember that murder that you covered back then on boston you got it wrong. you got it wrong and i said ok i'm listening. and she explained that she was with the person who did the murder of the person in prison was not the killer that he wasn't there but she was with the man who did the killing and came back from the event dripping in blood and confessed to her that he
had killed the. ad the character life for twenty years twenty plus years and carry. and the navy and. i'm outta here me i'm tellin om i'm not on hall of math and that. at the time of the events shalane a bentley resides in the building where the crime takes place she shares her life with a certain mr robert louis both of them were regular crack users on the day of the crime showing a claims to have seen lewis return from kristina brown subpart meant covered in blood the the in. and then a little bit of my door open and the local m.p.
throwing them out the way and blood. and. blood. boots on. it like blood and nails he just killed. me. you know wrong as it is. whatever else he was charged with i feel like eighteen year he. too much. i'm the one that told that girl was not fair she was beat. they had and he. no he did not be. sure lena bentleys witness statement changes everything
a team of lawyers and students from the university of michigan decide to reopen lamar monson's case they are part of a national network of dozens of american universities who fight against judicial errors over the course of a year they retraced the police investigation step by step trying to prove lamar monson's innocence the big problem right away with this confession was that it didn't match the crime scene so at the time they interrogated lamar and then extracted this false confession and got him to sign this false confession the police believe that christina brown had been stabbed to death they believe that because near her body in the bathroom sink there was a bloody knife and she had been stabbed so they extracted a confession or i wrote out a confession for lamar in which he says he stabs her to death the problem was is that she wasn't stepped but the police did know that time so a few days later when the autopsy report comes out it reveals that she had superficial stab wounds but actually she'd been bludgeoned to death with
a heavy object. it does not take the lawyers long to find the heavy object that allegedly killed the victim on the photos in the case file they notice that the toilet tank lid is not in the right place the likely murder instrument was the ceramic toilet tank with a heavy ceramic tile exactly that had blood all over it that was found in the bedroom not too far christina brown's print. after this the lawyers are convinced lamar monson did not kill christina brown as such he could not have written the confession himself the team from the university of michigan then asked the judge in charge of the case for access to the objects that were present at the scene of the crime twenty years earlier. and in september two thousand and sixteen two students and i went to the to the
prosecutor's office where the toilet was brought there and it was unwrapped and it was still covered in blood and amazingly no it was it covered in blood but there were bloody fingerprints all over it nobody had ever bothered to test and so this student you know saying hey look there's a bloody fingerprint right there and so i whipped out my i phone and i took photos of some of the bloody fingerprints on my i phone. and then brought them back and blew them up and we could see that they weren't we had comparison samples a lot and they looked a lot like robert louis as fingerprints. as can state police have new technology and they found none. and all of them belonged to robert louis and none of them belonged to the moments and i was ecstatic because i know the power of forensic testimony improves vs what
someone might say because one is irrefutable the other can always be cut down by a nasty prosecutor. he couldn't do anything with this you should have seen the prosecutor's struggle to answer the forensics that came from no less than the miss against the police crime lab. it was powerful stuff and it was a day for celebration. in the normal. way and. we need to find. a new rule thanks to this new evidence more monson is granted a new trial in january two thousand and seventeen after a one day hearing the court decides to exonerate lamar monson. surreal for me because these things i've been playing and asked for and to see things develop and before my last witness come for five to twelve years evidence.
just by i'm feel event take a hit in my spirit you know when i'm feeling good. i know the truth and now everybody knows the truth and so that was a blessing you know people have stood by me. feel good for them because now people know that they still. me and they were right to do so. lamar munson is out on bond and heads right over to his family and supporters at the wayne county jail. and i prayed and i prayed. and i asked. please let me live salem or come. in with february first. twenty seventeen and i was there and he was released. on holiday in credit. and i credit my
son is free at last. all jews knew was called to ask for something being we've been waiting something we've been up to supply for the longest on the file you came and. i can only get the glory to go does the field your mom always say she was in waiting to get that hold your mom right now it's all about that emotion. or words to express his warm and been a mark on all my life a lot more life and i'm just glad she finally goes home happy to be happy about. oh it's a wonderful feeling. i've had now. twenty two of these cases all together seventeen since we started six i think and i had five before and it's never gets old is it's so wonderful when the person actually comes out of the door
and they're met by their family and friends and. the students who work on the case charters who work on the case. dollars. dollars. dollars i mean that dollar dollar is what i mean. we got garrett over here we care the music with us. we are here we were dragged here. by you know going to get rid of those who are not go away who will not die quiet.
real the hard to do what we do is the true. path of china economy in the last fifteen years is not different than other countries emerging that were once emerging economies that became big economies like the united states did the same thing they were export exporting it with unfair advantages until they got big and then they transition to a consumer economy so china and britain before then did the same thanks said china is just following history and now they want to become a big consumer economy and so far so good. you know world of big part of a. lot of things and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the
stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart we need to stop slamming the door on the back and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for the troops the time is now for watching closely watching the hawk. was. monson's name is cleared for good. robert
lewis the man whose fingerprints were found at the scene house to this day still not been indicted. you have his ex-girlfriend saying he did it and then all the people in the world whose fingerprints could be on that toilet in blood it's him that's pretty good evidence i mean that's that's a case where i think the the dumbest prosecutor in the world could win a conviction pretty easily. but. they made it clear they're not going to charge him because charging him would be admitting that they got it wrong with the mom was. christina brows been dead now for twenty two years but she still deserves justice and her family still deserves justice and they won't get it because the prosecution
is stubborn. feel free want to know well and they know that he's guilty so what does that tell you about the. system don't care about me about my. i'm a taxpayer i've lived in this city in this world over fish. they don't care. all they want to do is get away and hurt people. that try to keep families together at separate or it doesn't matter how. the country is in trouble. we live with certain notions of justice. of what the law says what we all believe in our hearts. that the person really
responsible for something as innocent as the murder of a twelve year old girl should answer for that crime. yet over and over and over again i have been party to evaluating cases where there are innocence claims and the person responsible is known and named in the very police department the made the mistake does nothing to go back and capture and charge the person who was really responsible because it's difficult because it takes extra work because it takes new witnesses because it takes a harder examination of what really happened and that examination would show that the initial group of police investigators that only failed but walked away from certain facts they didn't finish.
can you put a price on twenty years spent behind bars for a crime did not commit. this man. received the figure and the subsequent compensation of twenty million dollars. one rivera has just received twenty million dollars twenty million dollars for twenty years of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit one rivera was also forced to sign a confession. in one nine hundred ninety seven he confessed to the rape and murder of an eleven year old girl. turn is that it decided to you know settle it with as i was asked by the news media you know is the
twenty million that is enough and i'll tell you if i tell them you know what you could keep it twenty twenty years back i miss my city's. a miss my nieces and nephews a mother was at the time my father was lost my grandparents you know there's a lot of things that i miss and family. that i can never get back no matter how much money i you know they can offer me a hundred million dollars when they come from yes it has given me comfort but there's nothing in my years. and years that i've lost the memories that often lost i mean to this day if you ask my parents for any of my childhood photos she would say she has them because the court has them one of three trials and it's i'm going to try nordstrom is the one new photos you want to show you humans. i don't have no records of my upbringing as they took. my life bonded january sixth two thousand
and twelve that's when my life that's when i have a record of who i am. surrounded by family members and cameras want ribeiro walked out of state bill correctional center a free man all i want to do is enjoy. time with my family but it's been twenty years of separation and this is a new beginning for me so this baby one of us. not a few last months. turned the conviction that ended the good as you would. know. twenty million dollars is not enough it never will be enough nor any amount because again it is the memories that mean the. not the money. one rivera is barely nineteen years old when his life turns into a nightmare on the seventeenth of august one thousand nine hundred two the chicago
police force accuses him of the rape and murder of holly staker an eleven year old babysitter who was stabbed twenty seven times the case makes headlines across the country. in the space of a few hours the chicago police turns one into a publicly hated monster. i had a different sentence that's because then yes i was an innocent person going to prison is a natural a sense as for something that is new so that was this added bonus to my him going into prison first of all i'm going to an environment that is a nexus of unknown and very very scary. second i'm going into for murder. her rape. and then for eleven years so as if they got three strikes against him in prison they don't like me. but they do
i've asked them twice when i was in prison. two it's embrace on me of course i had to fight him off thank god that i did find a mom. is in prison records this is what i had so we do it when i was interesting. rivera was not far from being sent to the electric chair these years of violence in prison these years spent on the margins of society have forever destroyed his trust in others and in the system. for me to hear at that time and they were willing to kill in one thousand year old kid and understand what the hell was going on shows you the character of mankind you know i'm. to this day i still have difficulties and trust him because he was willing to kill me then. i'm not willing to kill me now when i get death threats asking if. you're going to live my life by smiling and watching my back because people still
want to hurt me just as in that i know that because they do it to me constantly while i'm walking in the streets and i get in the branches the general approach is that you know what i have a chance to kill you i would because you don't deserve to be alive i feel free when i think you killed that child there is also this is what i want to live with but still yet i got to smile. in two thousand and fifteen the results of d.n.a. analyses allowed want to be exonerated for good polly staker is a real killer still roams free and no police officer seems to be searching for him out of the twenty million dollars that one rivera received two million dollars were paid in by reed following a legal agreement in spite of this compensation not a single police officer has been personally sanctioned. all the officers. that worked in my case as well it's attorneys if all retired with pension pension
there was no repercussions no richard b. sheen no criminal charges nothing i see extended into job they need to hire. major new tenants to his is very mike wallace retired and they gave him a plaque for good job. there's a culture of. unaccountability and police officers know that they can engage in misconduct that has nothing to do with solving their crime and everything to do with. pointing the finger at perhaps the easiest person to point the finger at and there will be no consequence and so it happens over and over and over in the states. oh yeah it goes a victim. having clothes they did they still own for me i might get credit i have
credibility but what about her family do they even care no they're not even searching for the person they get these thirty because they thought and they still feel that i'm guilty. in this theory our criminal justice system is designed to correctly identify perpetrators and bring them to justice where fails and where fails because of misconduct. the reaction of the criminal justice system is really the opposite of what it should be right the criminal justice system tries to cover up the failure. and retain its legitimacy instead of admitting its mistakes and finding the real perpetrators the law gives police officers what is called qualified immunity for their actions which means it's very difficult to sue their after the fact for their roles in obtaining false confessions and prosecutors have what's called
absolute immunity. so unless they become part of the police investigative process they are not going to be held responsible for their role in wrongful convictions. no one should be above the law. and police officers themselves should not be above the law. reed has not responded to any of our interview requests however the firm has informed us that their training procedures now take the risk of false confessions into account. for its part the supreme court of the united states still allows police officers to lie during the interrogation stage. i mean we're asking a couple of these guys depositions why they thought telling
a lie was going to get the truth and they didn't have an answer for me they just said well that's what we do that's the way interrogations go we're allowed to lie to them and i again ask you why do you think lying to someone is going to get a truthful answer in response in they just couldn't answer it and i for the life of me i don't understand why someone would think that lying to someone is going to get a truth response back so it's a horrible practice that goes on all the time and in the u.s. it's just it doesn't really serve it doesn't serve justice at all. what state does the. judicial system find itself in today with corrupt cops and untouchable magistrates the american justice system is continuously producing more inequalities and more impunity in a country that is more divided than ever. brags
could make twenty five thousand dollars as a teacher or i could make fifty thousand dollars a year drove a truck so i chose to drive truck people rush to a small town in north dakota was an unemployment rate of zero percent like gold rush is very very similar to a gold rush but this beautiful story ended with both ocean and devastation a lot of people have left here i don't know too many people here in the mountains and the slow down for much they lost their jobs that laid off the american dream is changing it's not what it used to be. and it's a tough reality. it
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