On March 28, 2017 Green Bay police officer Mike Rahn resigned after accusations of falsifying information in police reports. Officer Rahn covered a wide range of cases, including but not limited to drunk driving, drugs, and prostitution.
Many Cases Under Investigation
About 500 cases are being reviewed after it was discovered that several written police reports contained significant inconsistencies with what was shown on the officer’s dash cam of the same incident. There are currently only a few cases with clear evidence of wrong doing, and no ethnicity or gender appeared to be a target for the false reports. Nonetheless, the department is inspecting all of the officer’s cases since he has worked on the department for the last three years. The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the FBI are also involved in the investigation.
District Attorney Notifying Those Involved
The Brown County District Attorney’s Office advised all attorneys of record for the cases involving the officer that the cases are currently under review. The prosecuting agency is proceeding with Rahn’s cases in one of four ways: dismissal of the case outright, proceed with the case but prohibit Officer Rahn to stand as a witness, proceed with Rahn as a witness in the cases that remain accurate, or overturn a conviction.
It is crucial you have an experienced attorney to analyze officer observations to determine whether or not they constitute faulty evidence. The physical observations made by the officer who pulled you over and arrested you are often recorded. Most police departments are equipped with dash and or/body cameras and record their observations on a standardized form such as the Alcohol Influence Report. The officer’s notes and observations could be used to build the prosecuting agency’s case against you.
Hire An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney
Be sure to hire the best defense for your drink driving charge. Don’t delay, we have compiled a list of things to do if you are charged with a DUI. An experienced DUI defense attorney will analyze and compare to the officer’s notes, Incident Report, and Alcohol Influence Report. He or she will search for inconsistencies that can be used in your defense against the charges that you face. One such inconsistency could be between the way you acted and the results of any chemical tests. If the officer’s physical observations do not show anything out of the ordinary, that may be inconsistent with a chemical test result that showed that you supposedly had a high BAC, and that test result may be cast into doubt.
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The information contained in this post was taken from the following article:
Thomsen, Sarah. “Green Bay Officer Resigns Amid Investigation Into Falsifying of Reports.” ABC Action 2 News, 07 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.