Why juries clear police officers accused of brutality

When Martin Littlefield is asked about juries and police officers, he points to the police brutality trial he oversaw 17 years ago.

It was shortly after 9/11 and Littlefield, a federal prosecutor in Buffalo, was pursuing a local law enforcement official in a case he described as open and shut.

To his surprise, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

A few days later, Littlefield said, one of the jurors sent him a note apologizing for the verdict and explaining why they acquitted a cop they knew was guilty.


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