BOWLING GREEN —
What the girls saw mostly corroborates the officers’ account of what happened with Stinnett, Alexander said. Their interpretation of the movements and actions are what are incorrect.
Everyone knows what they are dealing with in Adam Minor, Alexander said. Even in his description of jumping the fence with Bennett and seeing Stinnett on the ground, handcuffed, doesn’t make sense because the place he said he jumped the fence is not in sight of the area that Stinnett was apprehended.
There is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the three defendants used any more force than was reasonably required to apprehend a dangerous criminal, Alexander said. Multiple law enforcement witnesses testified that even deadly force would have been understandable against a fleeing suspect who had an object in his hand he would not drop. A jury has to remove themselves from the comfort of the courtroom to remember the intensity of the officers’ encounter with Stinnett.
“It’s so much easier for us to pass judgment than to be out there, trying to protect and serve,” Alexander said.
U.S. Department of Justice civil rights prosecutor Sanjay Patel got one more chance for a rebuttal after the final closing arguments of the defense. Patel focused on the reasons why the church youth and Minor were believable witnesses, and the idea that beating a suspect once he is in handcuffs can never be justified as reasonable force.