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Re: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage

Chief, while we can agree to disagree, I do want to give credit where it is due. You responded to my comments and opening these topics for rational discussion is the first step. So I commend you for being responsive.

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Posted by Things that make me go hmmmm on 04/24/2019 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage

Section IX(D) clearly states if the officer is suspected of criminal or serious misconduct the department reserves the right to limit the BWC footage consistent with the officers legal rights. This seems to say that if you dont show it to a suspect before an interrogation then you dont show it to an officer. Another disingenuous statement by the Chief. Do you think people cant read your policy and comprehend it? The Medical Examiner, over your objections, ruled the death a homicide. You asked VSP to investigate. I think homicide qualifies as criminal conduct at least at the investigative stage. Dont you? So whats BPDs policy for regular citizens? Does the officer have a legal right to the video? If so, you seem to be violating that right by refusing to release it, at least to the officer. Every suspect interviewed or interrogated should be sure to ask for all the evidence and videos possessed by BPD. After all the Chief says they have a right to it.

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Posted by Things that make me go hmmmm on 04/23/2019 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage

Does the Burlington Police Department provide copies of all the evidence it has to a suspect before interviewing them? Do you let suspects review video before your detectives interview them? The comment of the chief is disingenuous at best. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly said it is okay for police to lie to suspects during interrogation. Lets see the BPD policy on interrogating suspects. Guarantee its different. I personally think the officer should be allowed to review the video. But the Chief should be forthright with his comments and not invoke the lie that they allow suspects to view video before seeking a statement. What say you Chief?

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Posted by Things that make me go hmmmm on 04/23/2019 at 10:26 PM

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