It has come to the
attention of the HPOU that Attorney Benjamin Crump has made accusations
that are completely untrue regarding Officer Shane Privette. First, Mr.
Crump claims that Officer Privette had a
history of abuse toward African Americans because he was indicted in
2019 for assault by a public servant. What Mr. Crump fails to say is
that Officer Privette was initially cleared by the Department and the
Independent Police Oversite Board (made up of civilians)
in the incident in question, and was later exonerated by a second grand
jury. The initial grand jury that indicted Officer Privette was only
given a portion of the case by the D.A.’s Office and heard no testimony
(not even giving Officer Privette the opportunity
to appear and testify in his own defense). The D.A.’s Office later
realized their mistake in failing to present the complete case and took
the case to a second grand jury, which no-billed the officer after
hearing a thorough presentation of the evidence.
The case was subsequently expunged.
The second statement which Mr. Crump makes that is untrue is that Officer Privette made the statement, “He is not going to live
to leave this neighborhood.” Mr. Crump’s claim is not
true and completely misrepresents Officer Privette’s actual/complete
statement, which can be heard clearly on his Body Worn Camera
recording. Officer Privette, while hearing the chase
of the suspect going around a neighborhood, makes the comment, “He ain’t gonna liv-leave this neighborhood
(correcting a word flub)… he’s going to bail at that…”
(Officer Privette is then interrupted by other officers on the radio).
Approximately 20 seconds later, Officer Privette can be heard finishing
his thought saying, “
He’s gonna go back to that house.” This was in reference to the
fact that it appeared that the suspect was not going to leave the
neighborhood in which he lived, but would instead bail out of the
vehicle and run, a common behavior for many suspects.
It is convenient
that Mr. Crump leaves out the entire context in which the statement was
made, and inaccurately quotes Officer Privette, who NEVER said “live
to leave.” Mr. Crump’s claim is just not accurate, and we
are calling for Mr. Crump to retract his statement and tell the