Published: 01 February 2014 Written by Bill Branham
"I can't believe they did that, and then justified it!!!", my wife overhears me while reading a news blurb about yet another travesty of justice. "Why do you act so shocked? You know that goes on all the time."
Yes, unfortunately, I know all too well. But I don't want to stop being shocked just because I've heard it before with slightly different details. Unfortunately, you don't have to look very far, like this one: Kosgar Lado is a 21-year-old Sudanese refugee in Lansing, MI, who was another victim of cross racial misidentification. And to top it off, he's mentally ill. We know that mentally challenged people are 9 times more likely to be bullied into a false confession, which is pretty much what happened here. This is the center of Lado's "confession" to Hogan, his interrogator:
Hogan: “Why, why did this happen?” Lado: “I don’t know.” Hogan: “Why him?” Lado: “I don’t know.” Hogan: “Oh please, it’s not gonna help you.” Lado: “I just shot him.” Lado then begins to cry, according to the transcript. At the end of interrogation, however, Lado twice tells Hogan, “I didn’t shoot nobody.”
You don't have to hear or see on video the "confession" to know that Lado was probably saying with a lot of frustration and sarcasm, "OK, OK, you want me to say I shot him? Then 'I just shot him'. Now, leave me alone!". That was his "confession". Anyone can read the transcript and know that, despite those four words, Lado was categorically denying that he had anything to do with it. But law enforcement, at times, can act like a bully with a grade school maturity level. You can almost hear their inner voices screaming, "Ha! We got him!", and nothing else, no amount of explanation can change their minds that Lado just admitted doing the crime.
It just so happens in this case that a few detectives had their doubts and continued to investigate. They found the real killer, so they let Lado go . . . . Right? Nah, that didn't happen. After bullying Lado into a "confession", when they discover they are wrong, do they admit that they just induced a false confession and they need to review their tactics? Instead, the Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings is charging him with lying to a police officer, a felony offense with up to 4 years jail time! Something tells me that the combination of how outrageous this is, plus Lado's mental condition, plus that the media now has put a spotlight on the behavior of the officers and the prosecutor, that this is not going to stick. But that doesn't change the outrageous behavior of the police and it doesn't undo four months in jail, including one month in solitary confinement, that