Body Camera Bills Moving Through Florida House and Senate – Hernando County Criminal Lawyer Marion County Criminal Lawyer Ocala Criminal Lawyer
As police body camera bills are making their way through the Florida House and Florida Senate, there is some serious debate over the scope and use of the body cameras as well as the operating procedure.
The Police and lawmakers generally believe that giving police body cameras is a great idea, but one of the biggest questions that looms is an officer required to have it on? Some lawmakers are pushing that the cameras be on for all traffic stops. Lawmakers point to an incident in South Florida where an individual was killed during a routine traffic stop.
Questions loom as to whether a body camera would have made any difference in that situation, but either way most believe it would at least give a clearer story of what happened that day.
Another point of debate is whether police officers should be able to review their body camera footage prior to making a statement or writing their report. Proponents state that in the heat of an intense situation an officer may not exactly what direction they came from or what color shirt the person was wearing, and if misstated in a report could cause serious problems for that case.
Opponents do not like the idea of an officer having the unfair advantage of watching a replay of the events, before giving any statements to which teh defendant would not be afforded any such opportunity.
Although both sides have a point, the question I am left asking is how inaccurate are many of the current police reports to which we have no contradictory video evidence?
As the legislative session moves along these points will be vigorously debated, but many are hopeful that by the end of the session a bill will be passed.
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