The defense attorney for the former Macon police officer accused of rape says the involvement of internal affairs early in the criminal investigation raises "red flags."
Former Macon police officer Chris Campbell is accused of raping a woman at the Liberty Inn on Feb. 18, police say.
Campbell's defense attorney Lars Anderson says internal affairs was involved in the criminal investigation as "at the very least a parallel investigation."
He says it's more appropriate for police agencies to complete their criminal investigations and then allow Internal Affairs to investigate. Anderson says when Internal Affairs asks an officer to make a statement, it can be subject to a claim of coercion.
"Anytime a police department questions one of their own, it is recognized as a natural conflict, the employer can be compromised," Anderson said.