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...What they found: "The body worn camera audio, limited video, and Major Crime's interviews with the officers tell two contrasting stories," the review panel said in its report, published Monday.
- "The officers' statements on the scene and in subsequent recorded interviews suggest a violent and relentless struggle," the investigators found.
- But the "limited video, and the audio from the body worn cameras, reveal Mr. McClain surrounded by officers, all larger than he, crying out in pain, apologizing, explaining himself, and pleading with the officers."
- "The audio of the incident records Mr. McClain crying out in pain, apologizing, vomiting, and at times sounding incoherent. His words were apologetic and confused, not angry or threatening."
Investigators also found that previous reviews of the officers' conduct were flawed.
- "The interviews conducted by Major Crime were neither probing nor objective. The officers involved were not asked key questions about their conduct or the justification for their actions. At times, questions appeared designed to elicit specific exonerating 'magic language' from the case law," the investigators wrote.
- "In addition, the report of the Major Crime Unit stretched the record to exonerate the officers rather than present a neutral version of the facts,."...