REQUIRE AN UNBIASED POLICE REVIEW PROCESS
II. THE FORENSIC EVIDENCE
REGARDING THE SHOOTING DEATH OF BELL.
A. No DNA Evidence And No Fingerprint Evidence
From Bell Is On Officer Strausbaugh’s Gun.
- The defendants’ claim that Bell had a “forceful” and “firm” grip on Officer Strausbaugh’s gun as he was taking it out of Officer Strausbaugh’s holster.
- Officer Todd Thorne, who works for Kenosha Police Department’s forensic unit, did a visual examination of Officer Strausbaugh’s gun for fingerprints.
- He found no finger prints on Officer Strausbaugh’s gun.
- The Kenosha Police Department then sent swabs from Officer Strausbaugh’s gun and holster to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab for DNA testing.
- Officer Strausbaugh’s DNA was found on the gun and holster.
- Bell’s DNA was not found on the gun or holster.
- The defendants have since hired a DNA consultant of their own.
- The defendants’ DNA consultant agreed that Bell’s DNA was not on the gun.
- The defendants’ DNA consultant tried to get the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to change its findings to conclude that Bell’s DNA was on the holster.
- After careful consideration of the data, the Wisconsin State Crime lab, per Sharon Polakowski, refused and reaffirmed its conclusions.