How Could Dorian Witness Get It So Wrong?

CHICAGO (WBBM/AP) – Several questions remain now that charges have been dropped against Lynwood Police Officer Brian Dorian in last week’s shooting spree along the Illinois-Indiana border that left one man dead.

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One is: Who did it?

Another is: How can an eyewitness be so wrong?

The circumstantial evidence against Dorian included a witness who identified him as the shooter.

Once Dorian revealed that he had been on the Internet the morning of the shootings, authorities examined his computer and were able to clear him. The charge of first-degree murder that had been filed against him was formally dropped Wednesday.

“Eyewitnesses are overrated as evidence of a person’s guilt.”

Locke Bowman is legal director of the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law, and says he has been involved in a number of cases where faulty eyewitness identification has been an issue.

In the Dorian case, investigators showed a 19-year-old witness six driver’s license photos, and he picked Brian Dorian’s photo.

Later, he picked Dorian out of an in-person lineup.

Bowman says authorities should not have shown the witness the photos first – or at all.

“The witness begins to imagine that he saw Officer Dorian at the scene of the crime, when he’s just actually remembering what he observed in the photo spread.”

The Will County Sheriff’s office says the witness was so sure of Dorian, that he said, “Definitely, that’s the guy.”

© Contents of this site are Copyright 2010 by WBBM. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • iknowthingz

    I hope the investigators know you can remotely access your home pc and it would look like you were surfing the web at home when you were actually controlling the pc from an another pc or even smartphone.

  • Skeptic

    Yeah, me too! If they are claiming stupid for arresting him, they can also be stupid for releasing him!

  • FR

    A family member could have been using his computer too. Do they have web-cam pictures with an independent time stamp that shows him at HOME in front of the computer?

  • larry

    Wow. Simply incredible. Folks, scenarios like this are why we have folks like Stacy Peterson later disappear. Mind boggling.

  • jstcnw

    The authorities are darn lucky to have eye witnesses come forward at all.

  • Brian's Friend

    Ok People, read ALL the facts before judging!
    He also had receipts proving he wasn’t there!

    You can think what you want.,,.but there is still a KILLER out there.
    I know for a FACT…(stake my LIFE on it) that he DIDN’T DO THIS!!!
    I promise you that.
    THere are FACTS that haven’t been released to the media yet, so I can understand where these opinions are coming from! Just BELIEVE…

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