The corporate behind a controversial police interrogation method filed a federal lawsuit on Monday towards Netflix and director Ava DuVernay, claiming that it was defamed in DuVernay’s miniseries on the Central Park jogger case.
John E. Reid and Associates developed the Reid Approach within the late 1940s, and it has continued to supply coaching supplies and programs to legislation enforcement since then. In response to the corporate, it's the most generally used interrogation methodology by police companies worldwide. However critics have alleged that its method may end up in false confessions.
The method is talked about within the fourth episode of “When They See Us,” the dramatized sequence on the Central Park 5 case launched by Netflix in Might. A personality confronts NYPD detective Michael Sheehan with allegations that he coerced a confession out of the 5 unique defendants, who had been later exonerated.
“You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, with out meals, rest room breaks, withholding parental supervision,” the character states. “The Reid Approach has been universally rejected.”
Sheehan replies: “I don’t even know what the f—ing Reid Approach is, OK? I do know what I used to be taught. I do know what I used to be requested to do and I did it.”
The lawsuit claims that this dialogue mischaracterizes the Reid Approach, which it says doesn't contain coercion and additionally alleges that it's false to say that the method has been “universally rejected.”
“Defendants meant to incite an viewers response towards Reid for what occurred within the Central Park Jogger Case and for the coercive interrogation techniques that proceed for use as we speak,” the swimsuit states. “Defendants printed the statements in ‘When They See Us’ in an effort to trigger a condemnation of the Reid Approach.”
The swimsuit alleges that the sequence has broken the corporate’s status, and seeks precise and punitive damages. The swimsuit additionally seeks an injunction barring Netflix from distributing the sequence in its present type, and a disgorgement of Netflix’s income from the present.