Police lineups and eyewitness accuracy

by Walter Olson on October 18, 2011

A human-interest story in the Times about the business of recruiting “fillers” for police lineups raises uncomfortable questions about the accuracy of eyewitness identification [Scott Greenfield].

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1 gasman 10.18.11 at 3:26 pm

If police lineups are worth anything, then what should happen when the ‘wrong’ guy is fingered by the victim.
Clearly nothing is done, as if this were the case, then word on the street would be that it is never worth the ten bucks to risk getting identified. Everyone in the policing and prosecuting business knows that the lineup has not one scintilla of validity, and myriad opportunity for abuse. Time for the charade to end.

2 Alan K. Henderson 10.19.11 at 1:52 am

Boy, Captain Renault wasn’t kidding about the usual suspects.

3 VicB3 10.19.11 at 1:57 pm

More on the topic here:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19455_5-common-crime-fighting-tactics-statistics-say-dont-work.html

Pay attention to #3, though it’s all quite worthwhile.

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