Having dashboard cameras mounted in police cruisers protects both citizens and police. Police supervisors, juries, and even the public are no longer required to depend on testimony since the video speaks for itself. You’d think all police officers would, therefore, be in favor of the dashboard cameras right? Wrong.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “city police officers believe in-car cameras are being used against them, and they are trying to find ways to avoid driving cars equipped with them.”
The Post-Dispatch describes a few incidents that have contributed to officers’ leeriness of dash cams:
Two probationary officers [were] investigated after a woman said they planted guns and drugs on her 16-year-old son. Video exonerated them of that claim but revealed that one struck the handcuffed teen, which led to the firing of both….
In-car cameras caught Officer Jason Stockley brandishing a personally owned rifle at a drug suspect, who was later shot and killed by police Dec. 20. The department does not allow officers to carry personally owned rifles and still is investigating the matter internally.
Officer David Wilson was seen striking a handcuffed teenage suspect in January. He was criminally charged with assault in April, and an internal investigation is under way.
It looks like the police officers don’t like getting caught doing dirt. If they didn’t behave badly, there’d be no worries at all.