Kentucky law enforcement would have to follow new guidelines while conducting suspect lineups under a bill proposed in the General Assembly.
The legislation would tweak police procedure to try and prevent a witness’ memory of a suspect or incident from being “contaminated” by suggestion.
Jennifer Thompson, a rape survivor who misidentified her perpetrator in 1984, said it’s easy to misremember events.
“We don’t record things the way we think we record them. Our brains are so malleable, they’re so prone to suggestion. It isn’t hard to plant false information into a person’s memory,” Thompson said.
“We do it all the time, either innocently or intentionally.”
The bill would require police departments to follow four new guidelines: