In this case, it gave the accused players the time to make a series of calls to each other, to potential witnesses, and to obtain lawyers, according to sources.
The calls may also have violated state law, according to a statement issued by the Knox County district attorney in response to an inquiry by The Tennessean.“We cannot discuss the investigation of this case while the litigation is pending,” said Assistant District Attorney Sean Mc Dermott.“In any case, however, (Knox County District Attorney) General (Charme) Allen opposes pre-arrest notification to any person or agency that is not made in furtherance of the investigation,” the statement said.
Instead, the players first heard the news from their Tennessee football coaches — in Johnson’s case, four hours before police showed up at the scene of the alleged crime to question him, according to sources and cell phone records obtained by The Tennessean.
Johnson and Michael Williams didn’t learn from police they were under investigation for rape the way most suspects do.
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Utah police have labeled I-15 as a gang and drug corridor to southern Utah, so they target the highway as a high-intensity drug trafficking area and use federal funds to make more arrests.Contrary to police best practices, potentially threatening the integrity of the investigation and in possible violation of state law, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and a detective made “professional courtesy” calls to Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones about the investigation — a practice Rausch says is common when police investigate alleged crimes involving an athlete at Tennessee.Courtesy calls from police to prominent individuals and major institutions in a community are common, but typically not done in the initial stages of an investigation.“A pre-arrest disclosure of sensitive information that is not made for the purpose of advancing the criminal investigation potentially could violate state law regarding the misuse of official information.”KPD detective Sam Brown, who serves as a liaison to the football team, alerted Jones to the investigation at a.m on November 16, 2014 — about five hours after an initial 911 call reporting the rape allegations.Jones then called Johnson at a.m., according to cell phone records.
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