Friday, July 3, 2009

Chain Gang Charle Cam

While most police officers are hard working professionals, there are far too many that are not.

Posted on June 14, 2008
Knowing your rights is an important first line of defense against harassment by law-enforcement, but sometimes a personal dashboard camera is the only way to expose our country's ongoing problems with police misconduct.

In thinking about the issue of dash board cams in police cars years ago.

Funding was the major objection was it worth the money for the voters to pay for them.

The reply was yes would remove the he said she said cut cost in bringing those who commit crime to justice. " protects the citizen as much as the officer if the public not allow to view the cam than the issue of t being used in court to get conviction now rears it's ugly head.

In the issue of police abuse it expands beyond the victim not only to those effected but the crime is being committed to the public as an whole.

There fore evidence of the crime falls into need to be viewed by the public.

If this not the case than the use of granny cams to protect the elderly from abuse or kids at sitters would no longer be an tool in court.

Which was the original promotion to get them in the first place.

If they do the public should be ably to confiscate theirs in truth it belongs to the public any way.

On this & several other points Mr. Charles actions on this issue don't add up.

The first being the tax payer's taxes pay for the cams so they should have access to them.

The next point is that every one has to obey the law no one's above it.

And when ever there is evidence of an crime all evidence should be reviewed. I think theres something called with holding said evidence.

It all started when 20-year-old Brett Darrow left his cell phone at a friend's house. They made plans to meet at a public parking lot, but upon entering the lot after dark, Darrow was confronted by Sgt. Kuehnlein. When he asked the officer what was wrong, Sgt. Kuehnlein flew into a frenzied rage, hurling threats and obscenities.

It is too bad Gov. Charlie Crist didn't have the grit to veto a measure that will make it difficult for law enforcement agencies to get rid of abusive officers.

Crist signed an expansion of the "Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights." It currently requires that an officer accused of misconduct be informed of all the names of accusers.

The accused must be provided witness statements before being interviewed by internal affairs. Officers are given every opportunity to craft a response to the accusation.

But thanks to the legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Fasano of Pasco County and signed by Crist, the already indulgent law will be extended so that officers under investigation will be given not just testimony but all other evidence, including recordings and GPS history.

It was such information that the Tampa Police Department used to build a case against officers accused of billing hours they didn't work. Three retired, and one was fired.

The measure also allows officers to seek the appointment of a review panel if they think investigators have violated their rights.

All this is going to make it awfully hard to discipline bad cops. And the public will pay the price when arrogant or lazy officers are kept on the jobs.
Crist is nicknamed "Chain Gang Charlie" because of his tough law enforcement stands. But this time he is helping put handcuffs on law enforcement agencies

This case just happens to one of several in the recent news in Fl.

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