WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – “No one is happy with the situation. But this is an opportunity to do the right thing,” said Brandon Whipple, Mayor of Wichita.
Just a day after Wichita leaders announced an investigation into the police department regarding allegedly inappropriate and racist posts shared by officers.
Mayor Whipple said he was already warning of the repercussions.
“In this type of situation, it’s going to lead to those cases being dismissed so that other cases can actually take precedence over them, which means we will potentially have people who have committed crimes who come out unscathed,” Whipple said.
It’s actually a law under “Brady-Giglio”, which means that when law enforcement officers are called to testify, a prosecutor must disclose any evidence that could affect the case. accuracy of their testimony.
“They have a history of deviant behavior behind the association they have with each other in the attitude they have. And that’s something we shouldn’t tolerate,” Larry Burks Sr said. , president of the NAACP-Wichita.
The district attorney’s office has already retrieved all records involving sheriff’s office employees who Sheriff Jeff Easter said shared similar and offensive texts.
The DA dismissed approximately 50 pending tickets, 10 pending and non-violent criminal cases and reviewed 120 criminal cases that had already been resolved by the three deputies involved.
“I really appreciate that the DA is going and doing what it has already done with the cases that these officers have been involved in. And those are under review right now. I understand that some of these cases have been dismissed. I’m sure a lot more needs to take place,” Burks Sr.
“Motive, self-interest, bias, dishonesty are always relevant to credibility,” said Dan Monnat, a local defense attorney.
Monnat said prosecutors cannot withhold evidence that would favor someone charged with a crime.
“Isn’t the jury entitled to know that the so-called objective and candid testimony they heard from the law enforcement officer in the witness box is in fact shadowed and undermined by the subjective racism of the off-duty policeman,” Monnat said.
District Attorney Marc Bennett sent an email response to KAKE News Wednesday night saying he had met with WPD representatives, but at this point in the process he is still assessing the situation and has no update. day.