Friday, October 22, 2010

Take My Picture

If you are involved in a fight or foot pursuit or accident take photos right away. Get your picture taken before the paramedics clean the blood off your face. Take photos of your uniform. Show it is ripped from rolling around on the ground. Highlight tears, missing buttons and shoe scuffs to your shirt, pants and shoes. We often do a great job of documenting the scene, the victims and the suspect but we forget about ourselves. If you have been attacked by the suspect, you too become a victim. Another officer should interview you and take a crime report, naming you as the victim of assault, battery, battery on a peace officer or whatever crime applies.

All this will help to convey the violence of the encounter with this suspect. Photos are very good evidence. They show the events that you describe so the jury will better understand the nature of a violent encounter. Remember too, that bruises may not be visible for several days. If bruises develop over the next couple days, get your photo taken showing those injuries too. They are important evidence you don’t want to lose.

Juries like to look at photographs. These days with digital cameras nearly everywhere there is no excuse not to take photos. Even if you have to use a personal camera to take the photos, it could be worth it. “I sustained a ½ inch long horizontal cut to my right cheek” is very clinical and not as compelling as a photo showing blood dripping down your face. That’s what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

ccm2361 said...

Good thoughts there! :-)

never thought of that

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
ROger that...excellent advice.

Never hurts to CYA!
Stay safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Juries like photos and it helps to complete the report.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, Bob, CYA is never out of style.