DER Documentary

Investigation of a Hit and Run with Legal Discussion

From the Pittsburgh Police series
by John Marshall
black and white, 56 min, 1972

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This film follows two officers as they investigate a hit-and-run accident from initial reports to the questioning of witnesses and the interrogation of the suspect, an eighteen-year-old boy nicknamed Pumpkin, along with his girlfriend and brother.

A number of factors complicate the case: the suspect was without a driver's license; he reported the car stolen to cover himself; he could not be persuaded to confess; and the girlfriend is pregnant. The police use considerable pressure on the girl, and treat her eventual statement as though it were a confession. (33 minutes)

In A Legal Discussion of a Hit and Run, a Harvard Law School class, led by Professor James Vorenberg, discusses the salient legal points about the police investigation and interrogation and the rights of witnesses or suspects after the class has screened the film Investigation of a Hit and Run. (24 minutes)

These two films are now offered on one DVD, providing a unique educational tool for anyone interested in police procedure and constitutional rights.

Other films in the Pittsburgh Police series:
After the Game
A Forty Dollar Misunderstanding
The 4th and 5th and the Exclusionary Rule
Henry is Drunk
The Informant
Inside/Outside Station Nine
Manifold Controversy
Nothing Hurt But My Pride
Three Domestics
Twenty-One Dollars or Twenty-One Days
Two Brothers
Vagrant Woman
Wrong Kid
You Wasn't Loitering
Youth and the Man of Property

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