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Oxford Police Department Provides Investigative Leads To FBI, Following The U.S. Capitol Attacks

BENEFITS

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Rapid Suspect Identification

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Collaboration with the FBI

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Reduced Amount of Misidentifications

PROBLEM

AVOIDING MISIDENTIFICATIONS OF THE U.S. CAPITOL ATTACKERS

After the violent activity at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington, D.C. Field Office announced that it was “seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals” who committed violence on that day.

 

While seeking the public’s assistance was commendable, it also caused problems for the FBI, since many of the reports they received were based upon eyewitness identifications. According to the Innocence Project, eyewitness identifications are often inaccurate; “critical time is lost while police are distracted from the real perpetrator, focusing instead on building the case against an innocent person.”


SOLUTION

SOLVING THE MISIDENTIFICATION PROBLEM