Case #3 Prosecutors Exculpate a Wrongly Arrested Person
A 15-year-old was arrested for possessing a firearm in East Harlem found during a consent search of an apartment following a report of “shots fired.” CSU received an arrest alert for this incident, since this individual was charged with a firearm offense. CSU realized that the 15-year-old was not known to have ties to gangs or a history of violence and requested more information regarding the arrest. CSU and the assigned prosecutor asked the New York City Police Department to search for video surveillance in the vicinity of the report of shots fired, and when that video was obtained, it was apparent that the individual arrested was not the person who possessed the gun in question. Further investigation showed that a different resident of the apartment, who was not present at the time of the search, was the person shown in the video with the gun. The arrest of the 15-year-old was voided and the other individual, a 24-year-old male was arrested. This case is still pending.