The New York Times published an article on William J. Lewinski, a psychologist who "studied police shootings" and reportedly charges $1,000 an hour to testify on behalf of police officers in criminal trials.
Dr. Lewinski runs a company called "Force Science Institute." He is credited, according to his website, with having "prevented some [police] officers from going to prison when they were wrongly accused of criminally using deadly force."
One of these cases, according to the New York Times' journalist Matt Apuzzo, was the shooting death of Anthony Dwain Lee, an actor in Los Angeles who was "shot through a window by a police officer at a Halloween party in 2000. The actor carried a fake gun as part of his costume. Mr. Lee was shot several times in the back."
Does the death of Mr. Lee seem justifiable to you? Was the officer "wrongly accused"?
This is one of many cases in which Dr. Lewinski has reportedly testified on behalf of the police officer accused of using of excessive force.
Not only that, he earns a pretty penny for doing so. For an alleged $1,000 an hour, Dr. Lewinski will provide his opinion on the witness stand in both state and federal cases. Sure, that may not seem unusual, but what makes this confounding is he also allegedly trains police officers and internal investigators to "shoot first," as the New York Times' headline purports.
The problem is that Lewinski's "science" seems to conflict with our own government's research. The Justice Department, according to the Apuzzo's article, "denounced his findings as 'lacking in both foundation and reliability.'"
And yet, that didn't stop the Justice Department from allegedly paying Lewinsky a hefty $55,000 to take the stand in defense of a fed agent who shot and killed an 18-year-old in California. And then our government reportedly paid him another $15,000 to train federal marshals this past January. Even though they don't agree with Lewinski's findings.
Ah, the hypocrisy.
Read the rest of Apuzzo's article here.
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