Comments on: Column: More Context for Police Lawsuit it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Koroi Mark Koroi Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:44:17 +0000 This phenomenon is commonplace in suburban police departments in Metro Detroit – police are under pressure from the public and city officials to close a case and they make an arrest under questionable circumstances.

Here there are serious questions being raised whether investigators conducted sufficiently reasonable diligence during their handling of this matter and whether unreasonably invasive and unconstitutional searches and seizures were committed at the suspect’s residence.

My sympathies to the Choi family for their ordeal from this incident – but also to Mr. Bailey, who spent months incarcerated on an armed robbery he appears to have had no connection to.

The Bailey case emphasizes the importance of both having a diligent criminal defense counsel advance the accused’s interests in court proceedings and having a civil rights lawyer holding law enforcement officers accountable for questionable conduct.

The focus of this article upon the public statement of congratulations to the AAPD from City Administrator Steve Powers is well-placed. An arrest by itself does not connote guilt but is based upon a supposed reasonable belief of the arresting officer or a judicial officer that probable cause exists that a crime has been committed and that the arrestee was involved in its commission. The arrestee is entitled to a presumption of innocence.