Loria has a history with the department. He successfully sued the Rochester Police Department four separate times back in the 1990's for violating civil rights. He has a 5th lawsuit pending. "When you have an independent person that has no conflict of interest it's always better," said Loria. "The person is not looking to gain or lose anything."
Police Chief James Sheppard says he understands that people have concerns about the case. However, he says a lot of people are passing judgement based on rumors and not fact. Chief Sheppard has defended Officer Randy Book who fired the shots that killed Blackman. Sheppard says Officer Book's actions were justified. "We've done complete, impartial internal investigations before. We will continue to do that in this case," said Chief Sheppard.
The Rochester Police Department recently conducted an internal investigation in the Emily Good case. She was the woman arrested after recording a traffic stop. Investigators determined the officers were out of line. The chief of that division was replaced. The officers were required to get counseling and more training. Loria says the stakes are much higher now, "They should always have a civilian review board especially in a case serious in this nature when someone lost their life."
Once the investigation is complete the results will be turned over to The Monroe County District Attorney's Office. Then, it will be reviewed by a grand jury. Officer Book has been placed on administrative duty until the internal and criminal investigation is complete.