Va. Crime Panel Looks at Police ID Procedures
October 21, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Crime Commission is examining whether police are doing enough to ensure the accuracy of eyewitness identifications.
The commission is set to hear a report on the issue Tuesday. Thirteen of the 16 people wrongly convicted in Virginia and later exonerated by DNA evidence originally were misidentified by eyewitnesses.
A study released last year by a University of Virginia law professor found that most law enforcement agencies in the state are using outdated eyewitness identification procedures. Only 6 percent of the 144 agencies responding to a survey had implemented a model policy recommended by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services in 2011.
A new study by the National Academy of Sciences reinforces the need for the type of policy recommended but not fully implemented in Virginia.
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