In the recent months, there have been a number of highly publicized and
highly controversial police shootings. These shootings and other similar
events helped renew conversations about requiring law enforcement to wear
body cameras when on duty. The idea stems from citizens’ need for
transparency, and to hold officers accountable for their action.
Due in part to the national conversation, many jurisdictions have begun
implementing the use of body cameras, including the city of Los Angeles.
Officials hope that the cameras will build trust among citizens and law
enforcement, create accountability, and become useful in the event that
a police shooting needs to be investigated.
Why should body cameras been used?
In DUI cases, much of the evidence the prosecution has against an accused
driver is based on the information found in the police report. This will
detail why the car was pulled over, what the officers observed about the
accused, and the results of any field sobriety tests that were given at
the time. However, given the length of time that a DUI arrest can take,
officers may not get around to writing these reports until a few hours
after the fact. How many exact details can be remembered after that time?
Can anyone really validate that the information in the report is completely accurate?
This is one reason why requiring body cameras for police officers may be
a good step. When an officer alleges that a defendant exhibited clear
signs of intoxication in connection with a DUI arrest, the evidence found
on a mounted body camera can show whether or not that was truly the case.
This can illustrate the individual actions of the suspect, as well as
provide more clarity on field sobriety tests and chemical tests. This
can work to prove the validity of the police report, or on the flipside,
demonstrate holes in the officer’s story and work to strengthen
the defendant’s case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in connection with DUI, you need
a defense attorney that can work against a police report to prove your
innocence. With a board certified DUI defense expert on our team, you
can trust the legal representation from the Law Offices of Virginia L.
Landry, Inc. Call for a
complimentary consultation today!