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  •  Not as easy as just turning on the camera (1+ / 0-)
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    I assume implementation of such video requires policies to collect, store, retreive, retain and destroy such video records. Once you have them they are discoverable and subject to FOIA etc. So, someone has to be tasked with retreiving them. If someone asks for all video of Officer so and so arresting people, someone has to go through all the videos.  Once you began using it, you create an expectation it will always be used so you have to care for and replace the equipment. If you can't find the video requested or if the audio is bad it will be held against you. Nothing is simple these days.

    And, as a practical matter, how often is such video really needed? It's not like you're usually recording a crime. You're just recording what the officer is doing. Maybe if you're in a place with a lot of use of force complaints it makes sense. But for the average dept it may be creating a ton of work for not much practical use.

    And, just because it's on video doesn't mean the pictures are reliable evidence. You know how the instant replay can depend on the camera angle. When does the camera engage? What area does it cover? What kind of angle does it use?

    "If you think you have it tough, read history books." Bill Maher

    by berkshireblue on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:03:22 PM PDT

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