My question involves police conduct in the State of: South Carolina
A complaint was filed for simple assault listing three others present to witness. The investigator in the case took three weeks and applied for a warrant without talking to the witnesses. No effort was made to interview the witnesses and two of the three witnesses I talked to say the complaintant was the one who commited the assault. On the warrant it says the officer appeared duly sworn and then gives the plaintiffs statement. The last line on the warrant says,"The affiant and others are witness to the same."
My question here is since the others were never interviewed did the officer commit perjury by saying others are witness to the same? If the judge had a warrant application that said three witnesses deny the charge would he have still signed it? I also believe this investigator acted with malice toward the person by comments that were made.