A lot of people are having a field day attacking the Bossier City Police Department and its leadership these days.
The most recent, of course, is the case of Gerald Needham. Needham was arrested by BCPD and charged in the Norris triple murder case on the basis of an eyewitness identification. Any other evidence wasn’t released.
The case was turned over to DA Schuyler Marvin and he sought, and got, an indictment for three counts of First Degree Murder.
The case is now unraveling before their eyes, since the gun used in the murders was used by Robert Clark, Jr. in a robbery in Haughton. Marvin has indicated that Needham will be released and that Clark is a person of interest in the murder case. Needham is being held pending federal weapons charges, but the murder charges will be dropped.
This does raise serious questions. What would have happened to Needham if the weapon and the forensic evidence hadn’t given reasonable doubt to his charges? It is a serious thing, but this case also proves that the system does work.
While it doesn’t always work properly, it does correct itself when possible. That is what has happened in this case.
There is no evidence that the police tried to railroad Needham, no evidence was ‘planted’ and no officers are accused of wrongdoing in the case. In fact, it is the ‘system’ itself which discovered that the weapon used in the Haughton robbery was the same one used in the murders. It was the ‘system’, in the person of the DA, who looked at that evidence, investigated further, and said that there was nothing to tie Needham to Clark.
It is that DA who is dropping the murder charges against Needham.
As for the police, I fully believe that they acted in good faith and thought that they had arrested the right person. The fact that they made a mistake only proves that they made a mistake – not that they are guilty of any persecution of Needham.
If anyone has facts that dispute my belief, please present them. Notice, I said facts, not opinions.
As for opinions, we all have them, but BCPD and the DA are allowing the facts to drive this case, and not their feelings or opinions.
Bossier City has some of the finest police officers you will find anywhere. I have stood with them in good times and bad, and will continue to do so.