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TPD above reproach?

After reading the police report posted by Bud, it appears to be confirmed that the TPD performed about like one would expect them to in a situation like this. I don't have first hand legal experience so that's why I'm posting this, but is there precedent or procedure that states the TPD is REQUIRED to elevate all sexual assault/battery claims directly to the SAO? I can't imagine that is the requirement, but I'm not sure. The national media seems to be intent upon chalking up yesterday's events to "well, nobody wins here and the TPD really messed this whole thing up." I just don't see how that is the case? When you read the police report, you think: 'well, what else were they supposed to do?' From what I can tell, the accuser didn't want to push charges, atty Carroll is documented saying they were not ready to move forward and the police couldn't get a response from accuser's friend who also reported the incident despite numerous efforts. Should TPD hold ANOTHER presser to clear the air here? Or were they really wrong in not reporting to the SAO sooner? Something tells me that had they reported it in December/January, the SAO would've been like, "Uhhhh...ok. why are you passing this to us? There's nothing here..." Maybe someone here can clear this up for me or affirm what I'm thinking (TPD did everything exactly correct).

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