Police Accountability

Kind of reminds me of a certain unsolved crime that quickly turned into a cold case in Tuthill Park;

Some states have specific law regarding the release of dashboard and body-worn camera video, but not South Dakota.

Though the state lacks specific laws regarding the public access to video, Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns said its release is exempt under state law.

Burns said the Sioux Falls Police Department is only testing the use of body-worn camera at this point and haven’t issued them to officers. He said the department’s policy on videos, regardless of the source, would be not to release them.

“That is not to say that we would never release a video if there was a very compelling reason to do so,” Burns said. “The final determination would be made by me based on the totality of the circumstances.”

You mean like when officers shoot at shadows, swaying branches or deer in a park?

As a transgender person in Sioux Falls recently pointed out, camera footage does matter. So what is the point of tax payers buying dash cam and body cam technology if it is not used to protect ‘US’ the taxpayer? And the police wonder why the public doesn’t trust them?

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#1 The D@ily Spin on 10.04.16 at 11:33 am

Ok, then prepare for lots of citizen cell phone photographers whenever police are present.