Summary of Some Biases Apparent in Sorrell's Report
- It only includes information that supports it's conclusion.
- It makes an effort to discredit eyewitness testimony by pointing out inconsistencies, yet used eyewitness testimony when it supports the conclusion.
- It treats as fact police claims when there is direct eyewitness testimony that contradicts these claims.
- In painting Woody as a dangerous psychotic, it uses more extreme words than used by any witnesses, like "extreme psychotic episode" in the SUMMARY FINDINGS, and ingores the opinion of at least one mental health professional present that Woody did not appear psychotic.
- It uses a variety of semantic tricks to suggest that woody threatened when in fact none of the eyewitnesses said he did.
- It begins by quoting Woody as making a statement confessing to assaulting officer Parker and expressing the desire to have been shot, quotes that are recounted only by government officials and not supported by any of the eyewitness who were present.
- It assumes that Woody was a danger to others when there is no credible evidence that he had threatened others, and does not question that the police acted as though Woody posed a threat.
- It does not mention the criticisms of the police action expressed by many of the eyewitnesses.
An unbiased report, even one that reached this conclusion, would contain information that painted a complete picture of the incident, rather than only information that supports the conclusion.