SDPD Changing Lineup Practices
Monday, September 26, 2011
Aired 9/26/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.
The San Diego Police Department is changing the way it conducts lineups to identify suspects after results from a national study indicate that the method of reviewing suspect photos the department uses has an 18 percent error rate.
The San Diego Police Department is among four departments in major U.S. cities included in a study of how police lineups are used to identify suspects. The study reveals that 18 percent of the time, the eyewitness incorrectly identifies the suspect when a photo array is used compared to only 12 percent when lineup photos are shown one by one. We'll hear about problems with eyewitness testimony and how the SDPD will change its practices as a result of this study data.
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