Breaking Blue: Challenging Police Officer Credibility at Motions to Suppress

Police officers are viewed as inherently trustworthy, especially when attorneys argue a motion to suppress evidence seized in searches. To have a fighting chance at winning the motion, defense attorneys must strip away the presumption of trustworthiness that comes with a badge and a gun. Jennifer Sellitti recommends that the defense team record and comment on police officers’ demeanor, argue noncompliance with established procedure, explore bias more fully, and make it personal by telling the story of the client’s experience.