The attorney calls the police statement about Lohan "highly unusual and deeply troubling"
“The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established,” Shawn Chapman Holley tells PEOPLE in a statement. “The fact that the Palm Desert Police Department went outside this limited role to issue a press statement expressing its opinion about what should happen in Ms. Lohan’s case is highly unusual and deeply troubling.”
Holley s response comes after police on Monday said the actress did, in fact, commit battery against a Betty Ford employee in a Dec. 12 scuffle – and said they plan to hand the case over to local prosecutors for review.
Lohan, 24, was released from rehab Monday and faces a routine Feb. 25 progress review hearing.