Is There a Danger of Improperly Influencing the Jury If a Story Told by a Testifying Witness Is Corroborated by a Police Officer ?
In Rodriguez v. State, 609 So. 2d 493, 500 (Fla. 1992), a police officer corroborated a story told by a testifying witness by discussing the witness's prior consistent statements, which were not properly admissible. See id.
The court cautioned that "when a police officer, who is generally regarded by the jury as disinterested and objective and therefore highly credible, is the corroborating witness, the danger of improperly influencing the jury becomes particularly grave." Id. (quoting Carroll v. State, 497 So. 2d 253, 257 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)).