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Desmond’s killers told inconsistent stories DA's interview dubbed incompetent by cop expert

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

by Chico Sol journalist Dave Waddell

Two young Chico police officers, on the night in 2017 they gunned Desmond Phillips down, told conflicting stories to investigators about what Phillips was doing in the seconds before he was slain.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, apparently uncomfortable with those discrepancies, brought Desmond’s killers together nearly three weeks later for a group re-interview that “no competent investigator” would have conducted, says Seth Stoughton, a former detective and nationally recognized expert on police practices

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Desmond Phillips was killed by police on March 17, 2017.

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