Justice for Woody's September 24 Press Conference
On September 24th Justice for Woody
held a press conference at the Quality Inn in Brattleboro
for the purpose of presenting the findings of its investigation,
and releasing its
report and supplimentary documents.
The press conference was attended more than a dozen reporters,
friends and family of Woody, witnesses to the shooting,
and other community members.
Justice for Woody gave the 4 folloing presentations,
each corresponding to a different portion of the written report.
After the presentations, eyewitness Polly Wilon stood up and
and lamented that the churchmembers were not able to protect Woody.
She stated that the wished they had formed a human chain around him.
Below are some articles that covered the press conference.
The Boston Globe
Briefly recounts story of shooting, and Justice for Woody Report,
focusing on it's contention that the police failed to assess the situation
upon arriving at the church, and touching on it's challenge to the veracity
of Woody's alleged confession.
The Brattleboro Reformer
Begins by summarizing goals of JFW report, how presenters addressed question of bias.
Quotes report on implications of bullet under skin observed by Phyllis Woodring.
Quotes report on bias of Sorrell's report, Sorrell's fishing expedition in March to get
witness statements to use in his report.
Quotes Paul Borneo, Polly Wilson, Steven Tomczak, Michael Badamo, Dennis Lee.
The Hartford Courant
Short article summarizing case and issues raised by JFW report -
failure of police to assess situation, failure to use nonlethal restraint,
shoots after Woody collapsed on floor, handcuffing, and delay in ambulence transport.
The Burlington Free Press
Quotes conclusion of JFW report that Sorrell's report is a "brilliantly crafted deception."
Mentions witness evidence Woody wsa shot while down.
Includes quote by Sorrell suggesting that if Woody were "resisting at all" after falling,
subsequent shots were justified.
Quotes Ellen Berrios about loyalty of friendship, Polly Wilson wishing the witnesses
had formed a human chain to protect Woody.
The Rutland Herald
Quotes JFW report conclusion.
Points out divide between police and eyewitness accounts.
Innacurately states report cited bullet under skin as proof of down-shooting.
The three officers had declined to be interviewed by Sorrell.
Statements by Sorrell, Martin, about what is shown by autopsy, ballistics reports.