Attorney for man wrongly accused in cop killing: Law enforcement 'dropped the ball'

DeAngelo Davis spent two weeks in jail accused of killing Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol in Detroit on Nov. 22 before authorities on Wednesday said he was no longer a suspect.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Detroit Police Chief James Craig, whose department made the arrest, announced Davis had been eliminated as a suspect in the officer's death and that all charges, including that of first-degree murder, would be dismissed.

Davis' attorney is now calling the arrest and charges a rush to judgement by law enforcement. 

They offered no apology, explanation for the arrest or corrective actions to avoid a similar future occurrence. Worthy said she couldn't discuss any details for fear it could impact the ongoing murder investigation. 

Davis remained jailed late Wednesday afternoon and was expected to be released Wednesday evening, according to his attorney, Nicole L. James.

James said her client plans to address the media at a later date.

The attorney issued this statement:

My client and I, like the rest of the community are saddened by the death of Wayne State University Public Safety Officer Sgt. Collin Rose. As a daughter of a veteran Detroit Police Officer I understand and appreciate how they risk their lives protecting our community. The murder of Sgt. Rose was a tragic loss to the community and law enforcement, but it was also wrong to snatch Mr. DeAngelo Davis off the street and try this case in the media despite a lack of evidence connecting him to the crime. The rush to judgment by the Detroit Police Department, Wayne State Public Safety and the Prosecutor's Office resulted in Mr. Davis being vilified and his reputation sullied by both the national and local media. As a former assistant prosecutor in Wayne County for more than 15 years I respect the role the police have in our community but I also respect the criminal process. And in the case of Mr. Davis, law enforcement officials dropped the ball. Mr. Davis will be holding a news conference at a later date.

Craig said his detectives have been working "literally around the clock" and the investigation didn't end with Davis' arrest. He remains "optimistic" the killer will soon be arrested.

Police arrested Davis hours after the officer was shot following a massive manhunt involving helicopters and several police agencies. Police initially said Davis was suspected of shooting Rose in the head after the officer attempted to stop and question Davis, who was believed to have been riding his bicycle near the Wayne State University campus in an area that had seen an uptick in larcenies.

Rose died the following day.

There is a $15,000 reward, $5,000 from the ATF, $5,000 from Detroit Dog Rescue and $5,000 posted by Crime Stoppers, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. 

Tips may provided to 1-888-ATF-TIPS; or CrimeStoppers, 1-888-283-8477.