ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell Police Department is now under criminal investigation after the 11Alive Investigators broke the case of a 13-year-old boy who was intentionally kept cold to extract a confession.
More than eight months after the incident where teen was left to freeze, The Fulton County District Attorney is now investigating the department.
Here is the back story |
In the early morning hours of January 2, 2018, one of the coldest nights of the year, officers can be heard on body camera video intentionally turning off the heat and rolling down all the windows in a patrol car. They can be heard saying the boy would freeze until he started talking.
That day, the low was 13 degrees. To read the full story, click here or watch the video below.
Nothing had been done about this case until 11Alive fought for the video to be released last month. Roswell's police chief named the sergeant on the scene 'Supervisor of the Year' months after the incident.
Sgt. Daniel Elzey was placed on administrative leave three days after we asked the police chief to answer questions about the case on camera.
The Roswell Police Department denied 11Alive requests for copies of memos that would show who in the command staff knew of this alleged torture case and when they knew it. In the denial, Roswell said those memos are part of a criminal inquiry that was launched only after our investigation was released.
The chief sent an email to all officers Friday afternoon saying he personally called for the District Attorney to investigate.
On the department's website, it says the city administrator and chief of police are working to identify and address bigger issues within the department. The Roswell police chief also announced he would be conducting a "top down" assessment of the department following the attention the 11Alive investigations received.