doc66 wrote:Officers statements are the reason why you, as the victim, should always fill out a statement form--once you have consulted your attorney.
I policed for 13 years and there were always people who said "it didn't happen like that." While most officers try to give as complete and accurate reports as they can, there is only so much time in the shift to get things done. Departments like Cleveland have--at times--an insurmountable amount of calls, and with about a third of those calls come paperwork of some kind. Many calls are simply given a code with no narrative at all. My bet is that the report was written so that Greg Focker was put in the best light possible because they felt sympathy or a connection with him.
While that may not be the "right thing to do," it is what happens. Unless there is something glaringly wrong--let it slide. The guy has been charged and he will probably plea to lesser charges.
Within England, from my experiences with such things, the Officer who records crime record statements is obliged to read the entire document back (incases of disability or illiteracy) or allow the claimant access to the written document before the claimant signs the completed document as their claim of the criminal event.
As they say, always read FIRST before signing anything.