The Detroit Free Press reported this morning that the Detroit Police Department abandoned its crime lab in 2008 and left mountains of evidence and equipment unsecured in the now vacant building after then Mayor Ken Cockrel ordered it closed. This included thousands of rounds of ammunition as well as Social Security numbers of rape and assault victims.
Defense attorneys and judges are currently lining up to decry this situation. "Unbelievable incompetence" is the term that I hear most frequently.
The sad part of this, beyond the obvious jeopardy that crime victims and the criminal justice system itself has been placed in, is that I have now reached the point where I no longer have any trouble believing that "unbelievable incompetence" is happening.