Eric Morgan, acquitted of 2006 murder, sues Peel police for $25M
Judge ruled police interviews of witnesses were 'threatening' and 'abusive'
Eric Morgan of Brampton, Ont., has filed a $25-million lawsuit against Peel Regional Police after being acquitted of a murder for which he spent more than three years in prison.
Morgan, 47, was cleared last year in the November 2006 murder of Mervyn (Mikey) Spence outside of the Malibu Marie nightclub, where Morgan had celebrated his 39th birthday with about 150 guests.
Morgan co-operated with investigators after the incident and was initially dismissed as a suspect in the shooting. But in 2010, nearly four years after the slaying, a key witness who originally described suspects who looked nothing like Morgan began changing her story under intense questioning from police.
Soon, other witnesses whose initial statements seemed to suggest Morgan’s innocence, including that of his best friend Brian Cox, began to follow suit and Morgan was eventually arrested and charged.
After his arrest, Morgan offered to take a polygraph test and provided the names of at least a half dozen people who he said could corroborate his retelling of events and firmly place him in the nightclub at the time of the shooting.
He would go on to face two trials before the judge at his second trial, Justice Fletcher Dawson, ruled that Peel investigators had used “abusive” and “threatening” interview techniques in an effort to convict Morgan.
Dawson said the investigators’ tactics were “calculated to undermine the strongest witness in support of Eric Morgan’s alibi,” referring to their treatment of Cox under questioning.
Watch Charlsie Agro’s report above to learn more about Eric Morgan and what he hopes to achieve with the lawsuit. To read more about police interrogation techniques and how they changed Morgan's life, watch the fifth estate's in-depth documentary and check out supplemental web extras.