Oxford Police Department Provides Investigative Leads To FBI, Following The U.S. Capitol Attacks
Rapid Suspect Identification
Collaboration with the FBI
Reduced Amount of Misidentifications
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.”