"They respond I'm afraid to the group that squawks the loudest and threatens the hardest," said Allen. "I cannot conduct my office and I cannot conduct this investigation in that manner."
After repeated protests, particularly by the Black United Front and Special Forces, many council members questioned whether Allen, a former judge and police officer, could be objective when dealing with potential police miscounduct.
"I'm going to do the right thing, the buck stops with me and that's all there is to it," said Allen.
A coroner's report indicates Owensby suffocated from either a choke-hold or a "pile-up". The five officers connected to his death continue to invoke their fifth amendment rights to remain silent. Allen admits that without their testimony, the public may never know exactly what happened.