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Police indicted after cruiser video shows crimes

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http://gawker.com/police-indicted-after-secret-dashboard-camera-video-sur-1531147800

"New Jersey prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against a 30-year-old man facing years in prison after a previously undisclosed dash cam video surfaced depicting the responding police officers breaking several laws."

The Prosecutors previously offered him a plea deal of 5 years in jail.

"But they dropped the charges when they saw a second video from another police vehicle that struck Jeter's car. The camera on that vehicle shows the officers break the window of Jeter's car, punch him in the head, and drag him out — all while he had his hands in the air."

This type of thing probably happens all the time. It is incredibly difficult to show trusted police are lying.If this video didn't exist, an innocent person would have likely have been sent to jail for a long period of time.

Unfortunately, 90% of the police in NH do not use cruiser cameras. This is especially important in DWI cases where the field sobriety tests would likely be on camera. The legislature should pass a bill requiring police departments to use cruiser videos. The cost is not high and it protects the public and the police.

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Guest Wednesday, 23 September 2020