Netflix and “When They See Us” creator Ava Duvernay are getting sued more than the police interrogation approach depicted in the film since its creator claims the film got his strategy all incorrect.
A former cop named John Reid claims in his lawsuit … the Emmy-winning film defamed him by saying his strategy was applied to squeeze statements out of the Central Park five suspects.
In unique, he points out a scene from episode four exactly where a detective and an individual from the D.A.’s Workplace are discussing the interrogation of the suspects. The prosecution staffer says to the detective, “You squeezed statements out of them soon after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, with out meals, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision. The Reid Method has been universally rejected. That is truth to you.”
In the lawsuit, Reid says the approach he made particularly does not teach withholding parental supervision, denying interview subjects any of their rights or producing threats of physical harm. He claims it particularly calls for additional caution when interviewing minors.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Reid queries Duvernay saying, “We did our analysis” ahead of producing the film by inviting law enforcement personnel to talk about the case. Reid claims if that have been accurate — Ava would have discovered his approach disavows the variety of factors depicted in the film.
He believes the filmmakers deliberately “fabricated a scene created to broadcast to the audience a conversation they produced up that integrated false statements as to the Reid Method.”
He goes on to defend the Reid Method, saying it is extensively applied by law enforcement … and calls for a structured interview and interrogation method that consists of 3 stages: truth evaluation, investigative non-confrontational interview and interrogation.
According to the docs, Reid says his strategy is something but “universally rejected.” He says he’s carried out additional than six,500 seminars and educated additional than 200,000 people today to use it, considering the fact that 2002.
Reid says he demanded a retraction in July … two months soon after the series was released, but Netflix refused. He’s now suing Netflix and Ava for defamation and desires the series to turn more than a chunk of the earnings, and other damages.
We’ve reached out to Netflix and Ava … so far, no word back but.