The more we learn about the bizarre way police work, the less we trust them. Recently, the city of Harrisburg failed to pay its bill for a self-storage facility. It turns out the storage facility was being used by the Harrisburg police to house crucial criminal evidence.
On Tuesday, CBS 21 News reported that for several weeks cops and prosecutors were unable to retrieve evidence from a rented self-storage facility because Harrisburg city didn’t pay their bill.
Prosecutors needed evidence from that unit for a drug case and aggravated assault case. Because of the delayed bill payment, a Dauphin County Judge issued two subpoenas forcing the storage company to give access.
Sources say the city ignored past due notices and after 90 days the storage facility was within their rights to lock them out. In fact, if they went a step further by law they could have sold what was inside.
This causes a number of questions in my mind:
- How secure is this storage facility seeing that it is not under police surveillance?
- Do employees at the storage company have access to the evidence inside?
- If they do have access, (which it looks like they do seeing that they locked the police out) how can we re-create a reliable chain of custody for the evidence?
- Many forms of evidence can become tainted accidentally just by being mishandled, how can we be certain this did not occur?
- How can we be certain that employees at the storage facility have been properly vetted and there aren’t any pranksters amongst them who might find it funny to “mess around” with the evidence stored inside?
Remember, in criminal proceedings the prosecution has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. These developments have caused educated citizens to reasonably doubt the integrity of the evidence itself.