Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Video

Once officers start wearing cameras, what is to be done with all this video?  Is the supervisor supposed to watch all the video every day to insure every minor offense is document and discipline meted out? 

How long should the video be stored?  Forever?  For a couple months?  Who is to decide how long to keep it, and where, and who will have access to it?  Since it could be used as evidence, how much will it cost to keep all this video for years, even decades in a secure environment?

Can attorneys spend their days just watching police camera videos hoping to find an infraction that can be used in a lawsuit?  Who make the video available to them?  How about the privacy of victims, witnesses, innocent bystanders?  Video is much more complex than what most people seem to think about; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

People complain against the police like no other profession. If you're McDonald's order is mixed up, you want it fixed. You don't scream at the fry guy "I'll have your job for this"

Often the complaints are pure lies.

They do this because departments let them do it without consequence.

Departments should only investigate written/signed complaints and when an investigation reveals that the complainant is lying they should be arrested for filing a false police report and sued by the Department for Libel.

Real complaints could be better investigated and resolved if departments didn't waste so much time on false complaints.

Mike Creek said...

I agree a personnel complaint should require an actual in writing complaint and should have consequences if it is unfounded. I also think he was rude or I did not like his attitude is different from he beat someone for no reason.
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