This blog post from Jonathan Turley provides yet another reason why it is so imperative that citizens have the right to record encounters with police.

JONATHAN TURLEY

In Florida, two Coral Springs police officers — Nicole Stasnek and Derek Fernandes — have been accused of false statements against a woman after an audio recording surfaced contradicting their claims about a roadside arrest of Susan Mait, 60.

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  1. Reblogged this on Monroe Lawyer and commented:
    Unfortunately, this happens far too frequently but oftentimes there is no record of the police interaction with the defendant. It comes down to a citizen’s word against the police. He said, she said…

    Police departments like it that way. Many police departments use dashcams, but destroy the videos after 30 days. Ask yourself how that policy is justified in this technological era with digital video and harddrives with 1 terabyte or more; not to mention easy-to-use thumbdrives with 50+ GB of storage space. It’s not like the old VHS days…

    Sometimes the video is “lost” or has video but no audio. Some police departments, like Taylor, MI, have started removing their dashcams from their patrol vehicles. They claim cost drives the decision, but perhaps it has more to do with the fact that video/recordings tell no lies.

  2. I have written about this often on my blog. In Chicago, we have had officers turn off or damage their cameras. We have also had many towns erase videos, even before the first court date. I currently have a case pending where the State’s Attorney and police department were surprised to discover that for the past two years, Illinois law requires that police departments retain all videos from arrests until a case has been disposed. Of course, the issue only arose after the police department had erased the video before the defense could obtain it.

    • Well, I have one case pending where the police department erased the video before I could get to it, but I suspect this will fade as an issue now that judges are finally entering tough sanctions for this conduct.

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