Thursday, January 4, 2018

CSPD records foul-up causes no problems, DA reports

Posted By on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 4:14 PM

click to enlarge Dan May reports a records miscue caused no problems. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Dan May reports a records miscue caused no problems.
Back in February 2017, we reported that the Colorado Springs Police Department didn't provide thousands of police reports to defendants' attorneys due to a mixup in record-keeping.

At that time, a police spokesperson promised to provide an update after an audit was complete.

Apparently, that audit is now complete, and, as District Attorney's Office spokesperson Lee Richards reports, "[DA] Dan May says not a single case was affected." She did not elaborate.

So despite an internal memo at that time in which a CSPD officer expressed "great concern" about the snafu, all is apparently well.

From our story:
Thousands of Colorado Springs Police Department reports never made it to prosecutors, despite the fact that defendants are entitled to see such materials prior to trial or seeking a plea bargain.

A CSPD news release said about 3,000 electronic reports, primarily narcotics-related, that spanned four years were involved, but added "that number may turn out to be significantly smaller once we complete our review." That appraisal contradicts an internal memo written by a high-ranking officer, which was obtained by the Independent. It described the discovery as being "of great concern."

"No one has reviewed these reports and ensured they were followed up on," the memo said. "No special unit supervisor looked at the reports and assigned them. There are thousands of reports that may or may not have suspect information. There are reports that may have been useful in cases that have been prosecuted and the information would be considered discoverable."

The Indy learned of the misplaced reports when tipsters familiar with police operations (who spoke only on the condition of anonymity) revealed that the department has lost track of up to 30,000 supplemental police reports.
We also wrote a blog post about the issue, which you can read here.

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