Colorado Police recently decided to stop using DashCams in their vehicles to record traffic stops. After all, who needs the pesky little things that preserve evidence. The department stated that they were having problems with the cameras and that the cameras were malfunctioning. It is interesting how the camera on my cell phone always seems to be working but the $5,000 camera in the police car never seems to work. I have done a number of interviews with these types of officers who claim that their camera is not working. Even one or two have admitted that they said they were not working because they would lose cases because of the video. Well, at least they are being honest.
It is disheartening that Colorado simply throws away essential evidence, trampling people’s rights, and trampling the ability of our judicial system to find the truth, because they claim the cameras do not work. The actions by the Colorado Police are tantamount to the knowing destruction of evidence and is simply uncalled for when a person’s greatest liberty is at stake.
If we are going to arrest more and more people, we need to be honest about who we are arresting and why we are arresting them. The law should do everything it can to protect citizens rights, not to make their cases. There simply is no justice if we are locking up innocent people so that police stats can improve.
The Colorado State Police should rethink this policy and figure out a way to make the DashCams work. The Police should also consider Lapel Cams so that judges and juries get to objectively see and hear the truth rather than the subjective nonsense that officers so often tell.
Colorado needs to find the budget to make these work and they need to make these work regardless of whether the officer turns them on or not. These cameras should always be running, preserving everything that the officer is seeing so that the whole investigation is preserved. The bottom line is that our state should not be locking up innocent people and unfortunately, this decision today, is a step in that direction.
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