Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Fred Smoot’s lawyer sent us a letter stating that some of the facts the police put out about his client were false.  It appears they sent it to several outlets to try to clear Smoot’s name. They claim he did not have an argument with his girlfriend the night of his DUI arrest and the woman in fact was just a casual acquaintance. Most people made fun of Smoot because the cops said he peed on himself at the police station, but the lawyer said that was just to embarrass Smoot in the media. Here is what he had to say. Much has been made of the allegation that Mr. Smoot urinated on himself while being held in the “search area” of the First District Precinct. This allegation is plainly false and was included in the report only to embarrass Mr. Smoot when it was predictably “picked up and ran with” by the local and national media. So that I am clear, Mr. Smoot did not urinate on himself while in the precinct or at any other time during or while he was in custody. A fair and objective review of the Affidavit created by Officer Carll reveals that the portion reporting these intentionally embarrassing mistruths are memorialized in hand writing as an add on to the rest of the report which was done in type set. (Please review the Affidavit). These Affidavits are historically completed by law enforcement officers after the completion of the processing of anyone who is arrested. Unless Officer Carll broke with protocol and began to do his paperwork prior to the processing of Mr. Smoot (an occurrence which is highly unlikely) this information was included as an after thought and only to sensationalize the arrest of Mr. Smoot. So either the police lied or Smoot is lying. If it is the police that is terrible, getting arrested for DUI is enough no need to make him a laughingstock as well. The letter does not comment on if Smoot was drunk or not. Who do you believe?
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