I’m bothered by poor quality police work and the way it is placing so many kids at risk of wrongful convictions and dooming them to inappropriate, severe, and unjust punishments. This is has been a factor in almost all the youth justice cases I’ve worked on.
The police in Kosiusco County completely failed to discover the circumstances leading to Philip Danner’s shooting, and these facts were never presented in court. Danner was depicted as an upstanding guy who was the victim of his troubled stepson. But no one in an official capacity seemed particularly interested in discovering the cause of Colt Lundy’s troubles.
Nor did his family apparently want it revealed that, rather than being a “pillar of the community” as Danner posed, he was in truth a man who allegedly abused his stepson in at least two different ways: with physical violence when he’d been drinking and another way when he was sober. Colt’s mother should have known, and seems to have done nothing to protect her son.
Neighbors also knew about the physical abuse but kept quiet. They could hear the boy’s screams all the way down the block as he was beaten. Kids at school knew about the physical abuse, too. They could see the bruises on Colt’s body; they could see the pain he so often experienced. Presumably the school officials should have known, too. But they too apparently turned a blind eye and remained quiet.
So why and how could the police have failed to uncover and reveal the truth?
There is a case in Florida with which I was asked to help and I turned it down. It is not that the child does not need help—he needs help desperately. But his family and family-friend attorneys have decided that the secrets of this child’s abuse are not to be told in order to protect the reputations of the two dead parents who—and forgive me for saying this—in my opinion deserve to be dead. All the adults who now control this child’s fate care more about appearances than securing justice and help for the child who is clearly the real victim in this situation. With such a conspiracy to hide the truth, there is nothing I could do but spin my wheels and fail to devote my energies where they might do some good.
How and why could the police have failed to discover the truth? We have discovered it, and we do not have even a fraction of the investigative resources available to us that the official sherlocks do.
Based on my observations of the police conduct surrounding the Jordan Brown case, it seems likely that the truth has not been revealed because the police do not want to discover it. All their physical evidence has come back from the state crime lab clearing Jordan, and yet they’re sticking to their implausible, senseless theory. I’m sure they have their reasons. But what are they?
There are almost certainly other people besides the killer and the police who don’t want the whole truth to come out.
After asking and searching in vain for almost two years, this morning I finally saw a picture of Adam Harvey. It stopped me cold. I’m no geneticist, and I’m admittedly not politically correct, but for the life of me I can see no family resemblance between Adam and Kenzie’s youngest daughter. What was the basis of Kenzie’s and Adam’s child support dispute? What did DNA testing have to do with anything? Who is/are the father(s) of the two little girls? Does this have anything to do with how events have unfolded? Whose scapegoat is Jordan, really? Aren’t these some of the questions police should have been asking in their investigation?
Instead they have left us with a big mess to untangle—which is probably just as some people involved in the case would prefer it.
It’s a wicked world and these cases are never as straightforward as the authorities would have us believe.
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